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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In addition to handling enforcement cases at the agency, Ms. Lee worked for a Democratic commissioner, Kara Stein, who left... Dave Michaels, WSJ, "White House Nominates Allison H. Lee for SEC Seat," 2 Apr. 2019 Scott Gottlieb, the current FDA commissioner, told Reuters that talc safety is a priority for the agency. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 But the move has received criticism from consumer advocates, as well as the agency’s lone Democratic commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "FCC approves new text message rules, giving carriers more power," 12 Dec. 2018 According to Seacoast Online, Brenna Cavanaugh, a former Portsmouth police commissioner, was also at the home. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Man Who Shot at a Teen Who Showed Up at the Wrong House for a Party Received Felony Charges," 31 Aug. 2018 As commissioner, Wen successfully sued the Trump administration for cutting funds from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The New President Of Planned Parenthood Has Big Plans For The Future," 14 Mar. 2019 This is a point that Gottlieb, the commissioner of the FDA, hit hard in his statements around the approval. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Archived chat: STAT on Marijuana-based medicine and drug development," 28 June 2018 Ajit Pai, who was then a commissioner in the FCC's Republican minority, voted against raising the speed standard. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough," 10 Aug. 2018 An attorney for FC Cincinnati, Richard Spoor, said that an agreement detailing the responsibilities of each party will be available to the commissioners soon. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "With 37 weeks to go before practice, FC Cincinnati has a few more hurdles in Milford," 27 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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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

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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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