from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A uniformed attendant, such as a doorman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A uniformed doorman.
- n. An undisclosed agent under European civil law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One intrusted with a commission, now only a small commission, as an errand; esp., an attendant or subordinate employee in a public office, hotel, or the like.
- n. One of a corps of pensioned soldiers, as in London, employed as doorkeepers, messengers, etc.
- n. a uniformed doorman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An attendant attached to hotels in continental Europe, who performs certain miscellaneous services, such as attending the arrival of railway-trains and steamboats to secure customers, looking after luggage, etc.
- n. A kind of messenger or light porter in general; one intrusted with commissions. In some European cities (as in London) a corps of commissionaires has been organized, drawn from the ranks of military pensioners.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a uniformed doorman
French, from Medieval Latin commissiōnārius, from Latin commissiō, commissiōn-, commission; see commission.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Latin commissio. (Wiktionary)