Definitions

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

  • n. A supermarket for military personnel and their dependents, usually located on a military installation.
  • n. A store where food and equipment are sold, as in a mining camp.
  • n. A lunchroom or cafeteria, especially one in a film or television studio.
  • n. A person to whom a special duty is given by a higher authority; a deputy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A store primarily serving soldiers.
  • n. A cafeteria at a movie studio.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner.
  • n. An officer of the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop.
  • n.
  • n. An officer having charge of a special service.
  • n. An officer whose business is to provide food for a body of troops or a military post; -- officially called commissary of subsistence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a general sense, one to whom some charge, duty, or office is committed by a superior power; one who is sent or delegated to execute some office or duty in the place, or as the representative, of his superior; a commissioner.
  • n. Eccles., an officer who by delegation from the bishop exercises spiritual jurisdiction in remote parts of a diocese, or is intrusted with the performance of the bishop's duties in his absence.
  • n. In Scots law, the judge in a commissary-court; in present practice, the sheriff of each county acting in the commissary-court. See commissary-court.
  • n. Milit., a name given to officers or officials of various grades, especially to officers of the commissariat department.
  • n. [F. commissaire de police.] A superior officer of police in France.
  • n. A general store for supplying workmen in any large industry.

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

  • n. a snack bar in a film studio
  • n. a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)

Etymologies

Middle English commissarie, agent, from Medieval Latin commiss─ürius, from Latin commissus, entrusted; see commission.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Yes, there is a small gift shop -- make that "commissary" -- where people can buy T-shirts and the like, and visitors can drop off letters that will get a South Pole postmark.

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  • Outside the bright sterility of the commissary was a corridor suggestive of hushed voices and stiff formality.

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  • However the desperation of the Ulema in face of the "white" assault brings the formation of "penal battalions" led by former officers and we first meet Captain Rosencreuntz supervising a bridge demolition in face of relentless enemy attack, when he is arrested by religious commissary aka "Hojatoleslam" Nikita, beaten and thrown in a car trunk to be led to Ayatollah Commissar Barko for summary judgment.

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  • Now, this in not a new spouse, she's been around this military life for almost 20 years and ought to know by now that yes, it is their job but each and every one of us that shops at the commissary is their de facto employer.

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  • The commissary is a place on the cotton patch where the man who owns the cotton patch sells food and seed and goods to the people who work the cotton patch for him.

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  • Down the corridor from the commissary were a row of dorm rooms.

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  • When they returned to their camp, it was lunch time and the "gastronomic committee," as Harriet, the "walking dictionary," had dubbed the commissary department, got busy.

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  • The commissary was a source of revenue and there were certain commissions and rebates in the purchase of equipment which he did not mention but which added materially to his income.

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