com·​mis·​sion·​er | \kə-ˈmi-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of commissioner 

: a person with a commission: such as

a : a member of a commission

b : the representative of the governmental authority in a district, province, or other unit often having both judicial and administrative powers

c : the officer in charge of a department or bureau of the public service

d : the administrative head of a professional sport

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Other Words from commissioner

commissionership \kə-​ˈmi-​sh(ə-​)nər-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of commissioner in a Sentence

The baseball commissioner decided to suspend the players for 10 games.

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For The Win spoke with Michael Hopper — an adviser to Formula E for the New York race who was a sports commissioner for former mayor Michael Bloomberg — about what fans can expect and how racing actually works in the streets of the city. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 Mike Culbertson, chief operating officer with the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation told commissioners that while the tax abatements are active the project will still pay $6.3 million in taxes to the county. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 The three hours of listening to commissioners poke holes and ask questions raise scruitiny over his group’s plan probably didn’t feel good, though. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "David Beckham’s saw first-hand the mixed emotions about his proposed Miami MLS plan," 12 July 2018 Kennedy said that some of the comments made by commissioners called into question the fairness of the commission's decision. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Wedding invitation designers appeal ruling requiring them to serve sames-sex couples," 10 July 2018 Here are explanations Advertisement Railroad commissioner? Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texas man accused of having sex with neighbor's dog, faces bestiality charge," 9 July 2018 During a search of the Accord, police found drugs and a gun with an extended magazine, said Baltimore's interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Baltimore police release video of car believed to be involved in shooting of 7-year-old girl," 8 July 2018 Melara was one of two longtime police commissioners nominated for reappointment by Mayor Mark Farrell, along with Joe Marshall. Dominic Fracassa,, "Sonia Melara takes herself out of running for new term on SF Police Commission," 5 July 2018 Community Development Director Rod Zenner said in a memo to commissioners. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego to look at revisions to plans for $64 million development downtown," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of commissioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commissioner

Middle English, "person empowered to carry out defined duties," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin commissiōnārius, from commissiōn-, commissiō commission entry 1 + Latin -ārius -ary entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of commissioner

: a member of a commission : one of a group of people who have been given the official job of finding information about something or controlling something

: an official who is in charge of a government department or part of a government department

: an official who is in charge of a major professional sport (such as baseball, football, or hockey)


com·​mis·​sion·​er | \kə-ˈmi-shə-nər, -ˈmish-nər\

Kids Definition of commissioner

1 : a member of a commission

2 : an official who is the head of a government department



Legal Definition of commissioner 

: a person with a commission: as

a : a member of a commission

b often capitalized : the officer in charge of a government agency a police commissioner

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