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.

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French. See commission, -er2

commissionership, noun
subcommissioner, noun
subcommissionership, noun Unabridged
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commissioner (kəˈmɪʃənə)
1.  a person authorized to perform certain tasks or endowed with certain powers
2.  government
 a.  any of several types of civil servant
 b.  Health Service Commissioner See also Parliamentary Commissioner an ombudsman
3.  a member of a commission

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Word Origin & History

1448, "one appointed by a commission," from Anglo-Fr. commissionaire, from M.L. commissionarius, from commissionem (see commission). Meaning "member of a commission" is from 1530s.
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Example sentences
The doping problem in baseball should be handled solely by the baseball commissioner.
And urge your commissioner to preset the draft order.
The chief commissioner was the chief executive of the province.
He also served as commissioner of public works for the state.
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