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 Just a week into the season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is threatening to suspend it. oregonlive, "Do you believe in miracles? College football and the Pac-12 certainly seem to: Issues & Answers," 1 Aug. 2020 On Monday, 15 Native American organizations, advocates and authors signed a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to force Washington’s NFL team to change its name. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "More groups call for complete ban on Native American mascots as momentum shifts," 12 July 2020 Major League Baseball's rescheduled season will resume on July 23 or 24, league commissioner Rob Manfred said last week. Scottie Andrew And Jillian Martin, CNN, "MLB's Ian Desmond, in a powerful post about racism and social injustice, opts out of the 2020 season," 30 June 2020 At the same time, commissioner Rob Manfred was telling the Associated Press that maybe baseball ought to have a couple of dry runs first. Dallas News, "Source: MLB asks Rangers for more time to study how quickly fans should be allowed at games," 25 June 2020 With no settlement in sight, and time growing short to get started, baseball commissioner Robert Manfred on Monday exercised his right to implement a 60-game season for 2020. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Hall of Fame radio voice Bob Uecker is ready to call 30 home games at Miller Park," 24 June 2020 USA TODAY Sports reported commissioner Rob Manfred plans to implement a 60-game schedule. Bobby Nightengale,, "MLB owners approve 60-game season, want players to report to camp by July 1," 23 June 2020 Last week, commissioner Rob Manfred guaranteed three different times that baseball will return. Chandler Rome,, "Q&A: Tracing the path to baseball’s impasse and assessing what’s next," 14 June 2020 As commissioner Adam Silver said in May, the current collective bargaining agreement is not built for a pandemic. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons' fall future hinges on success of NBA's Orlando bubble," 11 July 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Commissioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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