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

Other Words from commissary

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 Families can purchase a special holiday package for the inmate through the commissary. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 15 Dec. 2021 Ghost kitchens are usually found in one of two places: inside an existing restaurant anywhere in Dallas-Fort Worth; or inside a commissary or commercial kitchen outside of the high-rent hotspots in town. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 So you are left to starve for 12.5 hours from dinner until breakfast because commissary is not permitted during punitive segregation. Kelan Lyons,, 28 Mar. 2022 The Automat dishes were cooked in a central Horn & Hardart commissary kitchen, which could churn out 2,400 pies an hour using fresh seasonal ingredients that Alice Waters would have approved of. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 The food was terrible, and any goods for sale in the commissary were twice as expensive as normal, and in Kansas she was held with criminals. Robert Mccoppin,, 1 Feb. 2022 Prisoners can purchase small kosher meat and dairy products at the commissary, but the food can’t be brought into the chow hall. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Absences by prison staff members sickened by the virus led to cold meals, dirty clothes, and a denial of items like sanitary napkins and clean water from the commissary. Lj Dawson, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 The cleaning company for which Rosenquist works typically cleans the zoo hospital, commissary, gift shop and two bathrooms, Mulvena said. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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26 Apr 2022

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“Commissary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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