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commissioner

[kuh-mish-uh-ner] /kəˈmɪʃ ə nər/
noun
1.
a person commissioned to act officially; member of a commission.
2.
a government official or representative in charge of a department or district:
the police commissioner; the commissioner of a colony.
3.
an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority:
the baseball commissioner.
Origin of commissioner
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French. See commission, -er2
Related forms
commissionership, noun
subcommissioner, noun
subcommissionership, noun
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  • It was also asserted that the commissioners had recognised him as the chaplain of the asylum.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • There were four commissioners, two supposed to belong to one party and two to the other.

  • On March 31, he had been one of the nine commissioners who met to consider the best means of resisting invasion.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • The American commissioners were also eager to conclude the treaty.

  • It was utterly impossible for the commissioners each to examine personally the six or eight thousand applicants.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for commissioners

commissioner

/kəˈmɪʃənə/
noun
1.
a person authorized to perform certain tasks or endowed with certain powers
2.
(government)
  1. any of several types of civil servant
  2. an ombudsman See also Health Service Commissioner, Parliamentary Commissioner
3.
a member of a commission
Derived Forms
commissionership, noun
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Word Origin and History for commissioners

commissioner

n.

early 15c., "one appointed by a commission," from Anglo-French commissionaire, from Medieval Latin commissionarius, from commissionem (see commission (n.)). Meaning "member of a commission" is from 1530s.

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