Definition of commissary in English:


Line breaks: com¦mis|sary
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmɪs(ə)ri

noun (plural commissaries)

  • 1A deputy or delegate.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A representative or deputy of a bishop.
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    • Under the supervision of the Bishop of London, commissaries were appointed in many colonies to provide supervision and support of church life.
    • The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.
    • The following letter has been received by the Bishop's Commissary
  • 2North American A restaurant or food store in a military base, prison, or other institution.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛːrɪəl/


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

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