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commissary

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

Simple Definition of commissary

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of commissary

plural commissaries

  1. 1 :  one delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office

  2. 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

Examples of commissary in a sentence

  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

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