commissary

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

Definition of commissary

plural

commissaries

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

  2. 2a :  a store for equipment and provisions; especially :  a supermarket for military personnelb :  food suppliesc :  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

Origin and Etymology of commissary

Middle English commissarie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin commissarius, from Latin commissus, past participle of committere


First Known Use: 1555


COMMISSARY Defined for English Language Learners

commissary

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

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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