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commissioner

[kuh-mish-uh-ner] /kəˈmɪʃ ə nər/
noun
1.
a person commissioned to act officially; member of a commission.
2.
a government official or representative in charge of a department or district:
the police commissioner; the commissioner of a colony.
3.
an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority:
the baseball commissioner.
Origin of commissioner
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French. See commission, -er2
Related forms
commissionership, noun
subcommissioner, noun
subcommissionership, noun
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Examples from the Web for commissioner
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  • According to the commissioner Barras, the last was the case.

  • He was a commissioner, or a board, or a trustee, 'or something.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • commissioner Wright: "What was the feeling of the employes toward Mr. Pullman previous to the strike?"

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • He was also commissioner of insolvents during 1837 and 1838.

  • Of all of them the commissioner reports: "They work harder and more hours than men, and receive much less pay."

    Women Wage-Earners Helen Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for commissioner

commissioner

/kəˈmɪʃənə/
noun
1.
a person authorized to perform certain tasks or endowed with certain powers
2.
(government)
  1. any of several types of civil servant
  2. an ombudsman See also Health Service Commissioner, Parliamentary Commissioner
3.
a member of a commission
Derived Forms
commissionership, noun
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Word Origin and History for commissioner
n.

early 15c., "one appointed by a commission," from Anglo-French commissionaire, from Medieval Latin commissionarius, from commissionem (see commission (n.)). Meaning "member of a commission" is from 1530s.

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