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com·mis·sion·aire

 (kə-mĭsh′ə-nâr′)
n. Chiefly British
A uniformed attendant, such as a doorman.

[French, from Medieval Latin commissiōnārius, from Latin commissiō, commissiōn-, commission; see commission.]

commissionaire

(kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛə)
n
(Professions) chiefly Brit a uniformed doorman at a hotel, theatre, etc
[C18: from French, from commission]

com•mis•sion•aire

(kəˌmɪʃ əˈnɛər)

n. Brit.
a uniformed attendant.
[1755–65; < French commissionnaire; see commission, -aire]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commissionaire - a uniformed doormancommissionaire - a uniformed doorman      
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
door guard, doorman, hall porter, ostiary, porter, gatekeeper, doorkeeper - someone who guards an entrance
Translations
حاجِب بَوّاب
vrátný
dørvogter
ajtónálló
dyravörîur

commissionaire

[kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛəʳ] N (Brit, Canada) → portero m, conserje m

commissionaire

[kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛər] n (British) (at shop, cinema)portier m (en uniforme)commissioned officer [kəˈmɪʃəndˈɒfɪsər] nofficier m

commissionaire

nPortier m

commissionaire

[kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛəʳ] n (Brit) (at shop, cinema) → portiere m in livrea

commission

(kəˈmiʃən)
1. money earned by a person who sells things for someone else.
2. an order for a work of art. a commission to paint the president's portrait.
3. an official paper giving authority, especially to an army officer etc. My son got his commission last year.
4. an official group appointed to report on a specific matter. a commission of enquiry.
verb
1. to give an order (especially for a work of art) to. He was commissioned to paint the Lord Mayor's portrait.
2. to give a military commission to.
comˌmissioˈnaire (-ˈneə) noun
a doorkeeper in uniform. the commissionaire at the cinema.
comˈmissioner noun
a representative of the government in a district or department.
in/out of commission
in, or not in, a usable, working condition.
References in classic literature ?
We wait on, hoping against hope, and at last, just as waiters and commissionaires are beginning to eye us with suspicion, we face the truth.
Most of the goods were sent on drays to the magazin, but our reputation having preceded us, we were honored with a fiacre, making the journey between the Douane and the shop on the knee of a confidential commissionaire.
Picardie = province of France, north of Evreux; barrieres = gates at the edge of Paris, where local customs duties were collected; magazin = shop; fiacre = a kind of carriage; Douane = customs house; confidential commissionaire = special messenger}
At once, both in the person of the commissionaire and in the persons of the footmen, there sprang to life the same reverence as had arisen in the lacqueys of the hotel.
Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew open, and Peterson, the commissionaire, rushed into the apartment with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with astonishment.
The commissionaire plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us.
I think she was a little surprised to find that both outfits were for the same house; and she certainly betrayed an ignoble curiosity about the mother's Christian name, but she was much easier to brow-beat than a fine lady would have been, and I am sure she and her daughter enjoyed themselves hugely in the shops, from one of which I shall never forget Irene emerging proudly with a commissionaire, who conducted her under an umbrella to the cab where I was lying in wait.
The commissionaire stood stolidly in his place, raising every now and then his cab whistle to his lips.
The tall commissionaire looked in amazement at her.
The commissionaire put his finger on the bell of the outside door.
He was immediately inquiring of a tall commissionaire in shining braid, and a short porter in shirt sleeves, whether anybody or anything had been seeking his apartments.
If you care to learn how he had gathered information, you will find that he had, on one occasion, disguised himself as the commissionaire between the 'Laboratory of the Surete' and Monsieur Stangerson, of whom 'experiments' were demanded.

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