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commissionaire

[ kuh-mish-uh-nair ]
/ kəˌmɪʃ əˈnɛər /
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noun British.
a uniformed attendant, as a doorkeeper or usher.
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Origin of commissionaire

1755–65; <French commissionnaire;see commission, -aire
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British Dictionary definitions for commissionaire

commissionaire
/ (kəˌmɪʃəˈnɛə) /

noun
mainly British a uniformed doorman at a hotel, theatre, etc

Word Origin for commissionaire

C18: from French, from commission
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