commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er | \ kə-ˈmi-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce commissioner (audio) \

Definition of commissioner

: a person with a commission: such as
a : a member of a commission
b : the representative of the governmental authority in a district, province, or other unit often having both judicial and administrative powers
c : the officer in charge of a department or bureau of the public service
d : the administrative head of a professional sport

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Other Words from commissioner

commissionership \ kə-​ˈmi-​sh(ə-​)nər-​ˌship How to pronounce commissioner (audio) \ noun

Examples of commissioner in a Sentence

The baseball commissioner decided to suspend the players for 10 games.
Recent Examples on the Web Sweet, the author, equates what Jones did to a commissioner in modern-day pro sports, like the NBA's Adam Silver, dictating refereeing and clock-keeping mid-game. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2021 Val Arkoosh, a county commissioner in a Philadelphia suburb, raised $1 million, and Malcolm Kenyatta, a state legislator seeking to become the nation’s first openly gay Black senator, raised $500,000. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Val Arkoosh, a county commissioner in a Philadelphia suburb, raised $1 million, and Malcolm Kenyatta, a state legislator seeking to become the nation’s first openly gay Black senator, raised $500,000. New York Times, 17 July 2021 Fletcher, a professor of justice and public policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs, is serving his third term as ANC commissioner in North Michigan Park and Fort Totten. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 The first African-American commissioner in Sun Belt history, Gill currently serves on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 14 July 2021 The result will be more deaths, but the impact won’t be spread evenly, said Beitsch a former commissioner of health in Oklahoma and former deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 12 July 2021 Rodney Ellis, now the Harris County commissioner in Texas, co-sponsored the 1991 bill as a state senator. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 11 July 2021 Manny Sanchez, a commissioner in Doña Ana County, says the masking rules and messages urging residents to maintain physical distancing were critical to the effort to beat back the virus. Time, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of commissioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commissioner

Middle English, "person empowered to carry out defined duties," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin commissiōnārius, from commissiōn-, commissiō commission entry 1 + Latin -ārius -ary entry 1

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26 Jul 2021

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“Commissioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commissioner. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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commissioner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commissioner

: a member of a commission : one of a group of people who have been given the official job of finding information about something or controlling something
: an official who is in charge of a government department or part of a government department
US : an official who is in charge of a major professional sport (such as baseball, football, or hockey)

commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er | \ kə-ˈmi-shə-nər How to pronounce commissioner (audio) , -ˈmish-nər \

Kids Definition of commissioner

1 : a member of a commission
2 : an official who is the head of a government department

commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er

Legal Definition of commissioner

: a person with a commission: as
a : a member of a commission
b often capitalized : the officer in charge of a government agency a police commissioner

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