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

Other Words from commissioner

commissionership \ kə-​ˈmi-​sh(ə-​)nər-​ˌship How to pronounce commissioner (audio) \ noun

Examples of commissioner in a Sentence

The baseball commissioner decided to suspend the players for 10 games.
Recent Examples on the Web The city's fire commissioner, Dan Nigro said the tragedy began from a malfunctioning space heater. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 The blaze was caused by a malfunctioning electric space heater, the fire commissioner said. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 On Sunday, first responders arrived within three minutes of receiving a call about a fire that had engulfed a duplex apartment on East 181st Street in Fordham Heights, the commissioner said. Abigail Adams And Jd Knapp,, 9 Jan. 2022 In Sunday’s blaze, firefighters found victims on every floor and in stairwells of the building, according to the commissioner. James Fanelli, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 Rob Manfred, the baseball commissioner, has said the sport won’t consider placing an expansion team in any city until the ballpark situations of the Rays and Athletics are resolved. Jeff Barker,, 7 Jan. 2022 But the newest commissioner appears ready to jump on board with any version of expansion after his conference missed out on the CFP for the sixth time in eight years. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 The committee is tangling with Bernard Kerik, the Trump ally who was once the New York City police commissioner, about documents that may shed light on efforts to overturn Joe Biden's election. Joel Mathis, The Week, 6 Jan. 2022 The commissioner is routinely booed at the NFL Draft. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Jan. 2022

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Commissioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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