a person commissioned to act officially; member of a commission.
a government official or representative in charge of a department or district: the police commissioner; the commissioner of a colony.
an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority: the baseball commissioner.

Nearby words

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

Origin of commissioner

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French. See commission, -er2

Related formscom·mis·sion·er·ship, nounsub·com·mis·sion·er, nounsub·com·mis·sion·er·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commissioner



a person authorized to perform certain tasks or endowed with certain powers
  1. any of several types of civil servant
  2. an ombudsmanSee also Health Service Commissioner, Parliamentary Commissioner
a member of a commission
Derived Formscommissionership, noun

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Word Origin and History for commissioner



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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