Definitions

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  • n. A deputy or clerk of a foreign official
  • n. An assistant to a chef

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In French law, a person appointed by another to represent him in a transaction of any kind.

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  • BTW, the word verification is "commis" -- I hope that's not a comment on the perceived politics of Veterinary-Americans.

    Crazy Cat

  • The Sac a commis is the growth of high dry situations, and invariably in a piney country or on it's borders. it is generally found in the open piney woodland as on the Western side of the Rocky mountain but in this neighbourhood we find it only in the praries or on their borders in the more open woodlands;

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

  • The Sac-a commis is the groth of high dry Situations, and invariably in

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • He may public buildings and grounds, shall be known as the commis -

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • The Greylock reserva - tion commission, established by chapter five hundred and forty-three of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety - eight, in this and the following section called the commis - sion, shall continue to serve as an unpaid commission, consisting of three persons, all of whom shall be residents of the county of Berkshire.

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • The Sac a commis is the growth of high dry situations, and invariably in a piney country or on it's borders. it is generally found in the open piney woodland as on the Western side of the Rocky mountain but in this neighbourhood we find it only in the praries or on their borders in the more open wood lands; a very rich soil is not absolutely necessary, as a meager one frequently produces it abundantly. the natives on this side of the Rockey mountains who can procure this berry invariably use it; to me it is a very tasteless and insippid fruit. this shrub is an evergreen, the leaves retain their virdure most perfectly through the winter even in the most rigid climate as on lake

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • Linschoten was "commis" on board, a post which included both the employment of supercargo and that of owners 'commissioner.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • Lord Weymouth very civilly sent Mr. Wood, his first 'commis', to tell me that the King very willingly gave you leave of absence from your post for

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766-71

  • His boss there used to joke that 'commis' chef meant a communist who cooks.

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  • For six months I have been lookerer to the riverside flock, a kind of commis shepherd with a watching brief over 23 charges.

    Country Diary: Sandy, Bedfordshire

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  • "Nicolas Freeling's The Kitchen takes place in the late 1940s Grand Hotels in France. Describing his rise from lowly commis to chef, the author creates lovingly detailed portraits of chefs, sauciers, grillardins, entremetiers, pâtissiers, and commis."
    —Anthony Bourdain, The Nasty Bits (New York: Bloomsbury, 2006), 97

    March 25, 2009