- a store that sells food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining camp, lumber camp, or the like.
- a dining room or cafeteria, especially one in a motion-picture studio.
- a person to whom some responsibility or role is delegated by a superior power; a deputy.
- (in France) a police official, usually just below the police chief in rank.
Origin of commissary
Examples from the Web for commissary
I suspect [Teresa] will get money sent in to her, so she can shop at the commissary.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
I don't recall ever seeing him in the commissary, and who would forget?Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
To cook the macaroni the commissary sold hotpots, which you needed a permit to possess and could only buy one a time.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
One of the strangest parts of the show, is the power the commissary has over inmates lives.Best Business Longreads for the Week of August 24, 2013.
August 25, 2013
With generic brand cigarettes sold in commissary for about a dollar each, packs were an effective unit of currency.With Cigarettes Banned In Most Prisons, Gangs Shift From Drugs To Smokes
June 2, 2013
He was rewarded with the appointment of Commissary of Police at Niort.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Thereupon she handed Muche's books and the copies set by Florent to the commissary.
The commissary said there was quite sufficient there to hang him.
There was no more question of the commissary of police that evening.Therese Raquin
The commissary, however, had begun to read the copies with a grave air.
- US a shop supplying food or equipment, as in a military camp
- US army an officer responsible for supplies and food
- US a snack bar or restaurant in a film studio
- a representative or deputy, esp an official representative of a bishop
Word Origin and History for commissary
mid-14c., "one to whom special duty is entrusted by a higher power," from Medieval Latin commissarius, from Latin commissus "entrusted," past participle of committere (see commit). Originally ecclesiastical; the military sense of "official in charge of supply of food, stores, transport" dates to late 15c. Hence "storeroom" (1882) and "dining room in a larger facility" (1929, American English).