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commissary

noun com·mis·sary \ˈkä-mə-ˌser-ē, -ˌse-rē\

: a store that sells food and basic household supplies on a military base or in a prison

plural com·mis·sar·ies

Full Definition of COMMISSARY

1
:  one delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office
2
a :  a store for equipment and provisions; especially :  a supermarket for military personnel
b :  food supplies
c :  a lunchroom especially in a motion-picture studio
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Examples of COMMISSARY

  1. <will serve as commissary of religious education for the whole diocese>

Origin of COMMISSARY

Middle English commissarie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin commissarius, from Latin commissus, past participle of committere
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with COMMISSARY

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