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[kuh-mish-uh-nair] /kəˌmɪʃ əˈnɛər/
noun, British.
a uniformed attendant, as a doorkeeper or usher.
Origin of commissionaire
1755-65; < French commissionnaire; see commission, -aire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The commissionaire regarded him contemptuously, but did not reply to the sarcasm.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He threw me over the note which the commissionaire had brought.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The commissionaire put his finger on the bell of the outside door.

    The Malefactor E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • What have you on under that blouse, a commissionaire's dress?

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • I am giving instructions that the services of my commissionaire, hall-boy, and fifth secretary will no longer be required.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • They passed out on to the pavement, and the commissionaire called a hansom.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The commissionaire by whom Sylvia had sent her note to Madame Wolsky walked into the room.

    The Chink in the Armour Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • The commissionaire helped us on with our coats and summoned a hansom.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Yes, since one o'clock I have been in my office," said the commissionaire.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • We found out from the commissionaire that your mother is at Eastbourne.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for commissionaire


(mainly Brit) a uniformed doorman at a hotel, theatre, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, from commission
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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