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

Examples of commissary in a Sentence

will serve as commissary of religious education for the whole diocese
Recent Examples on the Web Plans for Television City also call for a new commissary and more than four acres for production base camps. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A $1.25-billion overhaul will bring Television City into the streaming era," 26 Mar. 2021 The attorney also said inmates have no access to the commissary. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "VP Harris sets example, Bow Wow apologizes, vaccine shortages: News from around our 50 states," 21 Jan. 2021 Bread for all of the restaurants, bars and food hall stalls will be made at a commissary by chef David Madrid. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Inside one of Dallas’ biggest restaurant construction projects in a decade: The Village and its 10+ new eateries," 1 Feb. 2021 Goat pizza served as Bull Run’s commissary kitchen, steered him to the old Fonda Rosa space at 108 N.E. 28th Ave. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Food cart favorite Bull Run Pizza is opening a restaurant in a prime NE Portland location," 11 Feb. 2021 Additional supplies and services are available for purchase from commissary, and those without the ability to pay incur a debt. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Washtenaw County forgives $509K in jail debt to more than 31,000 people," 4 Feb. 2021 In October, Mowbray started his Clark’s Caribbean pop-up out of Bywater Trap commissary kitchen, which hosts a few pop-ups during the week. Will Coviello,, "Adrian Mowbray launched the food pop-up Clark's Caribbean," 21 Dec. 2020 That includes four soups — lemon chicken and gnocchi, tomato bisque, butternut squash, and French onion — made from scratch daily with fresh ingredients at Blue Lemon’s commissary to ensure consistency across all its stores. Larrisa Beth Turner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "8 places in Utah to get soups to go this winter," 25 Dec. 2020 On a vacation trip to Los Angeles, she was spotted having lunch with a friend in the Paramount Studios commissary and was soon meeting with the producer Hal Wallis. New York Times, "Pamela Tiffin, Movie Star Who Shone Brightly but Briefly, Dies at 78," 6 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of commissary was in 1555

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2 Apr 2021

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“Commissary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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