commissary

noun
com·​mis·​sary | \ ˈkä-mə-ˌser-ē How to pronounce commissary (audio) , -ˌse-rē\
plural commissaries

Definition of commissary

1 : one delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office
2a : 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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Other Words from commissary

commissarial \ ˌkä-​mə-​ˈsär-​ē-​əl How to pronounce commissarial (audio) , -​ˈser-​ \ adjective

Examples of commissary in a Sentence

will serve as commissary of religious education for the whole diocese

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Downtown Los Angeles alone has enough to look like commissary central. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, "They can’t all be Grand Central Market: Does L.A. have too many food halls?," 12 Sep. 2019 The state also implemented a policy during Saunders-Velez’s litigation that allows transgender offenders housed in a male facility to access female hygiene and commissary items, Greisen said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "A transgender inmate was raped and beaten in a Cañon City prison. Now the state has settled the case.," 10 July 2019 The records Walls did leave behind revealed that in the months following his electoral loss, he was wired tens of thousands of dollars from the sheriff’s office’s general fund, and more than $30,000 was missing from its commissary fund. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019 The team behind the Antidote, which plans to open an upscale cannabis restaurant in the spring, also plans to open a commissary kitchen to produce sauces and dressings infused with THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Maura Judkis, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 22 Aug. 2019 Maher visited Sigler in prison regularly, funded his commissary account and took his calls, said Mary Rose Maher. Anchorage Daily News, "Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group," 29 July 2019 The team behind the Antidote, which plans to open an upscale cannabis restaurant in the spring, also plans to open a commissary kitchen to produce sauces and dressings infused with THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 Expect to see a lot more lasagna on the menu at the Nickelodeon commissary. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Viacom Buys Garfield in Big, Fat, Hairy Deal," 6 Aug. 2019 The complex has its own paramedics, ambulances, firefighters and fire trucks; a command center monitors the entire encampment; and a commissary is set up like a school cafeteria. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "A temporary migrant shelter was uncommonly temporary," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of commissary

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commissary

Middle English commissarie, borrowed from Anglo-French commissaire, commissarie, borrowed from Medieval Latin commissārius, from Latin commissus (past participle of committere "to join together, engage, place in the keeping of, entrust, bring about") + -ārius -ary entry 1 — more at commit

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commissary

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English Language Learners Definition of commissary

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

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