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commissary Syllabification: com·mis·sar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈkäməˌserē/

Definition of commissary in English:

noun (plural commissaries)

1North American A restaurant in a movie studio, military base, prison, or other institution.
Example sentences
  • The restaurants paid the commissary a price for supplies that left their food costs at 28% to 29% of revenues.
  • She works the 5 to 6 o'clock shift (AM to PM that is) and is on hand everyday in the commissary and restaurants.
  • I am on my way to the commissary for coffee and you haven't eaten in days.
2A deputy or delegate.
Example sentences
  • For instance, we are trying to teach French to the new European commissaries.
  • Due to either lack of course knowledge or obstinacy, the commissaries maintained the original lap count and sent the riders off to suffer for six laps and what would become a 3-hour death march.
  • Clive conquered and organized Bengal for the East India Company He first went to Madras as a clerk in 1743 and by 1749 had won the lucrative appointment of military commissary.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin commissarius 'person in charge', from Latin commiss- 'joined, entrusted', from the verb committere (see commit).



Pronunciation: /ˌkäməˈserēəl/
Example sentences
  • He is a professor and the former commissarial director of the Institute for Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • In 1944, by a decree of the Ministry of the Industry and of the Commerce of that time, the Institute was placed under a commissarial administration.
  • The editorial office hires the following international professors as our commissarial editors by the ratification of our university.

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