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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Representatives of at least two departments, defense and energy, have had face-to-face meetings with FTC commissioners in recent weeks to encourage a settlement of the lawsuit, according to people familiar with the matter. ... John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Qualcomm Cites National Security Risk in Bid to Settle FTC Case," 6 Mar. 2019 This is where the exterior scenes of police commissioner Frank Reagan's (Tom Selleck) home are filmed (the interior shots are recorded on a set). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 The plan was outlined in a letter to commerce department employees by commissioner Julie Anderson and in a memo from Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office director Erika McConnell. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "AP NewsBreak: Dunleavy eyes repeal of alcohol, pot boards," 18 Feb. 2019 If senators can’t agree on the commissioners by then, many survivors of discrimination and harassment nationwide will lose a key path to justice. Anna North, Vox, "Conservative Sen. Mike Lee is holding up a Trump nominee for supporting LGBTQ rights," 18 Dec. 2018 Even the small suspensions handed out to Jameis Winston and the Eagles’ Nigel Bradham were brief, one-day stories and neither player indicated the ruling of the commissioner would be challenged. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "What will the NFL do about Shady McCoy? | Bob Ford," 12 July 2018 The commissioners met to discuss the naming of a new park, which some in the community felt should honor General Joseph Johnston, a Confederate soldier, instead of being called Mableton’s Chattahoochee River Line Park. Essence.com, "Here’s What Happened When a White Woman Tried To Explain Slavery To a Black Politician," 20 June 2018 Goodell has always been a magnet for attention during his 13 seasons as commissioner, never more so than in the troubled 2017 season, when the NFL’s place at the center of U.S. culture was thrust into tumult. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Roger Goodell Vanished. Football Reappeared. And NFL Ratings Rose.," 1 Feb. 2019 As the EU’s competition commissioner, Vestager is arguably the world’s most important tech regulator. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "EU’s antitrust cop lays groundwork for tougher scrutiny — and it may not bode well for U.S. tech giants," 27 Jan. 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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