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[kuh-mish-uh-ner] /kəˈmɪʃ ə nər/
a person commissioned to act officially; member of a commission.
a government official or representative in charge of a department or district:
the police commissioner; the commissioner of a colony.
an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority:
the baseball commissioner.
Origin of commissioner
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French. See commission, -er2
Related forms
commissionership, noun
subcommissioner, noun
subcommissionership, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for commissioner
  • The doping problem in baseball should be handled solely by the baseball commissioner.
  • And urge your commissioner to preset the draft order.
  • One city health commissioner urged everyone who owned a parrot to wring its neck.
  • There is a list of the commissioner's closest staff here and an address search form here.
  • The commissioner of education is appointed by the governor.
  • But cynics doubt that this owed much to the commissioner's powers of persuasion.
  • Hearings leave a legend stained, a commissioner under fire and a game still under suspicion.
  • 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


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

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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