commissioner

noun com·mis·sion·er \ kə-ˈmi-sh(ə-)nər \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

commissionership

play \kə-ˈmi-sh(ə-)nər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of commissioner in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of commissioner

Middle English, "person empowered to carry out defined duties," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin commissiōnārius, from commissiōn-, commissiō 1commission + Latin -ārius 1-ary


COMMISSIONER Defined for English Language Learners

commissioner

noun

Definition of commissioner for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


COMMISSIONER Defined for Kids

commissioner

noun com·mis·sion·er \ kə-ˈmi-shə-nər , -ˈmish-nər \

Definition of commissioner for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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