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commissioner

[kuh-mish-uh-ner]
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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.
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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
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commissioner

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 ombudsmanSee also Health Service Commissioner, Parliamentary Commissioner
  3. a member of a commission
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Derived Formscommissionership, 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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