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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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  • According to the commissioner Barras, the last was the case.

  • Lemaire was commissioner, and Schouten the captain of the ship.

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

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • "Oh, you'll be watched all right," he said easily, and remembered the commissioner's warning.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • 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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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