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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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  • The money will be deposited in his commissary account to be spent on snacks, stamps or hygiene items.
  • The company recently spent millions, money committed before the recession set in, to build a new commissary and a gym.
  • The commissary may be established either in-house or by another arrangement.
British Dictionary definitions for commissary

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 commissary
n.

mid-14c., "one to whom special duty is entrusted by a higher power," from Medieval Latin commissarius, from Latin commissus "entrusted," past participle of committere (see commit). Originally ecclesiastical; the military sense of "official in charge of supply of food, stores, transport" dates to late 15c. Hence "storeroom" (1882) and "dining room in a larger facility" (1929, American English).

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