noun, plural commissaries.
a store that sells food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining camp, lumber camp, or the like.
a dining room or cafeteria, especially one in a motion-picture studio.
a person to whom some responsibility or role is delegated by a superior power; a deputy.
(in France) a police official, usually just below the police chief in rank.

1350–1400; Middle English commissarie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin commissārius, equivalent to Latin commiss(us) (past participle of committere to commit) + -ārius -ary

commissarial [kom-i-sair-ee-uhl] , adjective
subcommissarial, adjective
subcommissary, noun, plural subcommissaries. Unabridged
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commissary (ˈkɒmɪsərɪ)
n , 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
[C14: from Medieval Latin commissārius official in charge, from Latin committere to entrust, commit]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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