commissary

noun com·mis·sary \ ˈkä-mə-ˌser-ē , -ˌse-rē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of commissary

plural commissaries
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

commissarial

play \ˌkä-mə-ˈsär-ē-əl, -ˈser-\ adjective

Examples of commissary in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1-ary — more at commit


COMMISSARY Defined for English Language Learners

commissary

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Definition of commissary for English Language Learners

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



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