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.
Recent Examples on the Web Former commissioner David Stern cited this FIBA decision as the key factor when asked to explain the declining participation from stars this summer. Andrew Sharp,, "What Does Team USA’s Disastrous World Cup Say About the Future?," 13 Sep. 2019 Belichick was asked specifically about the possibility of Brown being placed on the commissioner's exempt list by Roger Goodell. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Patriots' Antonio Brown practices, status for Sunday's game unclear," 11 Sep. 2019 Adrian Benepe, a former New York City parks commissioner who worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg for more than a decade, shared a picture over the weekend of a Jimson weed bush that had grown inside a planting bed on Columbus Ave. Fox News, "Lethal, hallucinogenic plant removed from busy New York City street: report," 10 Sep. 2019 Baseline test Representatives from the commissioner's office were on hand hours before Tuesday's game demoing prototype bases at Citi Field, and Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay was among those to get an up-close look. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker throws off a mound, hopes for late-season return," 10 Sep. 2019 Davis, the former police commissioner, was in charge of the BPD during the Boston Marathon bombings. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "David Ortiz 'damn interested' to find answers about shooting, hires ex-Boston Police commissioner to investigate," 27 Aug. 2019 The municipal commissioner decided to apply both carrot and stick. Raghuram Rajan, Quartz India, "How Indians cleaned up one of their dirtiest cities—and have kept it that way," 12 Aug. 2019 Garvey’s influence, suggests, Dr Kojo Afari Gyan, an academic and a former electoral commissioner of Ghana, was largely inspirational. Akwasi Kwarteng Amoako-gyampah, Quartz Africa, "The “tragic error” that led to Kwame Nkrumah becoming one of Africa’s great independence leaders," 7 Aug. 2019 Rolf Ohnstad, who is affiliated with the Encinitas post, led the effort to return American Legion baseball to San Diego County and also became the league’s commissioner. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Bulldogs 5-7 during American Legion season," 31 July 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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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)


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



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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