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commissary

[kom-uh-ser-ee] /ˈkɒm əˌsɛr i/
noun, plural commissaries.
1.
a store that sells food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining camp, lumber camp, or the like.
2.
a dining room or cafeteria, especially one in a motion-picture studio.
3.
a person to whom some responsibility or role is delegated by a superior power; a deputy.
4.
(in France) a police official, usually just below the police chief in rank.
5.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English commissarie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin commissārius, equivalent to Latin commiss(us) (past participle of committere to commit) + -ārius -ary
Related forms
commissarial
[kom-i-sair-ee-uh l] /ˌkɒm ɪˈsɛər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
subcommissarial, adjective
subcommissary, noun, plural subcommissaries.
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British Dictionary definitions for commissarial

commissary

/ˈkɒmɪsərɪ/
noun (pl) -saries
1.
(US) a shop supplying food or equipment, as in a military camp
2.
(US, army) an officer responsible for supplies and food
3.
(US) a snack bar or restaurant in a film studio
4.
a representative or deputy, esp an official representative of a bishop
Derived Forms
commissarial (ˌkɒmɪˈsɛərɪəl) adjective
commissaryship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin commissārius official in charge, from Latin committere to entrust, commit
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Word Origin and History for commissarial
commissary
mid-14c., "one to whom special duty is entrusted by a higher power," from M.L. commissarius, from L. commissus "entrusted," pp. of committere (see commit). Originally ecclesiastical, the military sense of "official in charge of supply of food, stores, transport" dates to late 15c.
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