commissionaire

[ kuh-mish-uh-nair ]
/ kəˌmɪʃ əˈnɛər /

noun British.

a uniformed attendant, as a doorkeeper or usher.

Nearby words

  1. commission,
  2. commission for racial equality,
  3. commission house,
  4. commission merchant,
  5. commission plan,
  6. commissioned officer,
  7. commissioner,
  8. commissioner for local administration,
  9. commissioner for oaths,
  10. commissural cell

Origin of commissionaire

1755–65; < French commissionnaire; see commission, -aire

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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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