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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
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Brooke is commander in chief, I am commissary general, the other fellows are staff officers, and you, ladies, are company.
A commissary is said to have received similar consolation
Mifroid, the commissary of police, examined the Vicomte de Chagny touching the events of the night at Perros.
Gently, senor commissary," said the galley slave at this, "let us have no fixing of names or surnames; my name is Gines, not Ginesillo, and my family name is Pasamonte, not Parapilla as you say; let each one mind his own business, and he will be doing enough.
From 1793 to 1799 du Bousquier was commissary of provisions to the French armies.
The commissary was seated in the chair, and was writing at the table.
At the door he met the commissary of police, who was waiting for him.
D'you remember the old maid in 'Providence and the Guitar' who heard the Commissary swear, and hardly reckoned herself a maiden lady afterward?
The worthy Commissary General of the Carlist forces was under the impression that I was looking at him; but what I had in my eye was a jumble of butterfly women and winged youths and the soft sheen of Argand lamps gleaming on an arrow of gold in the hair of a head that seemed to evade my outstretched hand.
They take with them a quantity of food, and when the commissary department fails they "skirmish," as Jack terms it in his sinful, slangy way.
One Eye Kanty, owing to his early trade, held the always important post of chief armorer, while Peter the Hermit, the last of the five cut-throats whom Norman of Torn had bested that day, six years before, in the hut of Father Claude, had become majordomo of the great castle of Torn, which post included also the vital functions of quartermaster and commissary.
Rabourdin, who said to himself: "A minister should have decision, should know public affairs, and direct their course," saw "Report" rampant throughout France, from the colonel to the marshal, from the commissary of police to the king, from the prefects to the ministers of state, from the Chamber to the courts.

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