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commissionaire

[kuh-mish-uh-nair] /kəˌmɪʃ əˈnɛər/
noun, British.
1.
a uniformed attendant, as a doorkeeper or usher.
Origin of commissionaire
1755-1765
1755-65; < French commissionnaire; see commission, -aire
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Examples from the Web for commissionaire
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  • The commissionaire regarded him contemptuously, but did not reply to the sarcasm.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • At seven o'clock that night the commissionaire was discovered.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • Then came the charge of our "commissionaire" for his services.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • "Yes, since one o'clock I have been in my office," said the commissionaire.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • "Nobody has gone up them stairs," said the commissionaire emphatically.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The letter from you which a commissionaire brought me at the hotel.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • He threw me over the note which the commissionaire had brought.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What have you on under that blouse, a commissionaire's dress?

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • They passed out on to the pavement, and the commissionaire called a hansom.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • This letter was delivered at Mrs. Bernard Temple's house by a commissionaire.

British Dictionary definitions for commissionaire

commissionaire

/kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a uniformed doorman at a hotel, theatre, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, from commission
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