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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a commission.
  • n. A person authorized by a commission to perform certain duties.
  • n. A governmental official in charge of a department: a police commissioner.
  • n. Sports An official selected by an athletic association or league to exercise administrative or regulatory powers over it: a baseball commissioner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a commission.
  • n. Someone commissioned to perform certain duties.
  • n. An official in charge of a government department, especially a police force.
  • n. Someone who commissions something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who has a commission or warrant to perform some office, or execute some business, for the government, corporation, or person employing him.
  • n. An officer having charge of some department or bureau of the public service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who commissions.
  • n. A person having or included in a warrant of authority; one who has a commission or warrant from proper authority to perform some office or execute some business for the person, court, or government giving the commission.
  • n. Specifically— In Great Britain, an officer having charge of some department of the public service which is put into commission. See to put in commission, under commission, n.
  • n. A steward or private factor on an estate, who holds a power from his constituent to manage affairs with full authority.
  • n. A commissionaire.
  • n. One of the persons elected to manage the affairs of a police burgh or non-corporate town in Scotland, corresponding to a bailie or town-councilor in a corporate town.
  • n. A betting-broker at a race-track.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a government administrator
  • n. a member of a commission

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