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 personnelb : food suppliesc : a lunchroom especially in a motion-picture studio
commissarialplay \ˌkä-mə-ˈsär-ē-əl, -ˈser-\ adjective
Examples of commissary in a Sentence
will serve as commissary of religious education for the whole diocese
Recent Examples of commissary from the Web
In a request for information, the military service announced its interest in setting up a poultry operation for the Afghan Defense Ministry‘s commissaries and chow halls.
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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
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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