commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er | \ kə-ˈmi-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce commissioner (audio) \

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 How to pronounce commissionership (audio) \ noun

Examples of commissioner in a Sentence

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

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The deal is likely to leave many critics of the company unsatisfied given the agency’s two Democratic commissioners, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Rohit Chopra, voted against it. David Mclaughlin And Daniel Stoller / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook's Getting Slapped With a $5 Billion FTC Privacy Settlement," 12 July 2019 Doris Meissner, a former commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, told me. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Trump Poised to Sign a Radical Agreement to Send Future Asylum Seekers to Guatemala," 12 July 2019 The deal is likely to leave many critics of the company unsatisfied given the agency's two Democratic commissioners, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Rohit Chopra, voted against it. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Facebook $5 billion U.S. privacy settlement approved by FTC," 12 July 2019 The deal is likely to leave many critics of the company unsatisfied given the agency’s two Democratic commissioners, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Rohit Chopra, voted against it. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "Facebook $5 Billion U.S. Privacy Settlement Approved by FTC," 12 July 2019 The Department of Family and Protective Services, which is currently without a permanent leader after the retirement of former commissioner Hank Whitman, declined to comment. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, "Appeals court drops some reforms of broken Texas foster care system, fast-tracks others," 9 July 2019 Lamont’s public health commissioner, Renee Coleman-Mitchell, said Connecticut tested dozens of public water supply systems from 2013-15 and no significant levels of PFAS were found. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont sets up state task force on hazardous chemical compound that spilled into Farmington River," 8 July 2019 Gil Kerlikowske, who was commissioner of parent agency U.S. Customs and Border Protection from 2014 to 2017, riled the union by recruiting Mark Morgan from the FBI to be the first outsider to run the Border Patrol. Elliot Spagat, The Denver Post, "Racist, sexually explicit Facebook posts put Border Patrol on defensive at rough time," 3 July 2019 Any reference to the European budget should be confined to the money that the commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Valdis Dombrovskis, keeps on his person in a bougette, or leather purse. The Economist, "Europe heroically defends itself against veggie burgers," 28 June 2019

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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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commissioner

noun

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

commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er | \ kə-ˈmi-shə-nər How to pronounce commissioner (audio) , -ˈmish-nər\

Kids Definition of commissioner

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

commissioner

noun
com·​mis·​sion·​er

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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