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n. pl. com·mis·sar·ies
a. A supermarket for military personnel and their dependents, usually located on a military installation.
b. A store where food and equipment are sold, as in a mining camp.
2. A lunchroom or cafeteria, especially one in a film or television studio.
3. A person to whom a special duty is given by a higher authority; a deputy.

[Middle English commissarie, agent, from Medieval Latin commissārius, from Latin commissus, entrusted; see commission.]


n, pl -saries
1. (Commerce) US a shop supplying food or equipment, as in a military camp
2. (Military) army US an officer responsible for supplies and food
3. (Film) US a snack bar or restaurant in a film studio
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a representative or deputy, esp an official representative of a bishop
[C14: from Medieval Latin commissārius official in charge, from Latin committere to entrust, commit]
commissarial adj
ˈcommissaryˌship n


(ˈkɒm əˌsɛr i)

n., pl. -sar•ies.
1. a store that sells food and supplies in a military post, mining camp or lumber camp.
2. a dining room or cafeteria, esp. in a motion-picture studio.
3. a person to whom some responsibility or role is delegated by a superior power; deputy.
4. (in France) a police official.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin commissārius < Latin commiss(us),committere to entrust]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commissary - a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
post exchange, PX - a commissary on a United States Army post
shop, store - a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services; "he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod"
slop chest - commissary maintained aboard merchant ships to sell merchandise to the crew
small stores - personal items conforming to regulations that are sold aboard ship or at a naval base and charged to the person's pay
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.commissary - a snack bar in a film studio
snack bar, snack counter, buffet - usually inexpensive bar


[ˈkɒmɪsərɪ] N
1.comisario/a m/f político/a
2. (US) (= shop) → economato m


[ˈkɒmɪsəri] n (US) (MILITARY) (= shop) → intendance f


(Mil) → Intendant m
(= delegate)Beauftragte(r) mf
(US, Comm) → Laden min Lagern/auf Baustellen etc
References in classic literature ?
The Emperor held it impossible to make a perfect army, says Las Cases, "without abolishing our arms, magazines, commissaries and carriages, until, in imitation of the Roman custom, the soldier should receive his supply of corn, grind it in his hand-mill, and bake his bread himself.
There are under a half dozen commissaries that are available right now that I'm aware of.
The Defence Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.
Harris and nLogic will supply network infrastructure support for 245 military commissaries as well as seven central distribution centers in the United States and overseas that support US military and DOD retirees.
New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry News) Sat, Mar 1, 2014 - The Pentagon reportedly is considering cutting $1 billion from the Defense Commissary Agency's budget over the next three years, which would result in the closures of most rural and overseas military commissaries operated by the agency, according to unnamed sources.
Membership club opens door to savings while domestic commissaries are closed
Millions of military families already count on commissaries and exchanges to help stretch their household budgets, deliver much needed supplies, and provide a "touch of home" wherever the military sends them.
Management: President & Independent Commissaries : Edwin Gerungan
An industry leader since 1975, Keefe serves the correctional market exclusively and has pioneered the evolution of products, packaging and technology services to fit the needs of commissaries nationwide.
Department of Defense (DOD) for resale abroad at military commissaries are not.
DOD, through the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), also operates commissaries that sell groceries and authorized household products at the lowest practical price, charging patrons only for the cost of goods sold plus a 5 percent surcharge.
Commissaries offer items commonly available at retail grocery stores and supermarkets, but at lower prices.

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