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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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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Oceanside planning commissioners approved the project on a 6-0 vote Tuesday, with Commissioner Curtis Busk absent, despite initial concerns about adding a new traffic signal and entrance on Vista Way. Phil Diehl,, "Parking structure approved for Tri-City Medical Center," 11 July 2018 Thomas plans on staying involved with politics, with a potential run for county commissioner or state representative in the future, reported The Detroit News. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Make-A-Wish Teen Thomas Stephenson Was a Senator for a Day," 11 July 2018 Wolff and Conley’s slowly unfolding plan would take years, if not decades — and that’s if the MPOs can find the $8 to $9 billion that Wolff, a Republican Bexar County commissioner, anticipates the lanes would cost. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Elise Jones, a Boulder County commissioner, said that the Boulder region was still reeling from major disasters that struck years ago that were exacerbated by the changing climate. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 In a letter to Heinrich sent in May, a few county commissioners expressed frustration at not being consulted in the planning process. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico," 3 July 2018 The county commissioners are expected to consider an additional 1 percent lodging tax to help support the project. Sheila Vilvens,, "Another project quietly approved in Clermont County during FC Cincinnati meeting," 2 July 2018 Budget changes With the fiscal year coming to a close, the town commissioners also approved a series of primary minor changes to the 2017-18 budget. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air approves contracts for parking garage striping, Armory security upgrades," 22 June 2018 Farther west, the Democratic race for governor of Nevada has been bitterly fought, and a recent poll showed the top two candidates — Christina Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak, both Clark County commissioners — separated by only three points., "Devoted Trump supporter Stewart wins Virginia GOP Senate nom," 13 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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