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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
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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  • The doping problem in baseball should be handled solely by the baseball commissioner.
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  • The commissioner of education is appointed by the governor.
  • But cynics doubt that this owed much to the commissioner's powers of persuasion.
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  • The chief commissioner was the chief executive of the province.
  • He also served as commissioner of public works for the state.
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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