- 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.
Origin of commissioner
Examples from the Web for commissioners
Contemporary Examples of commissioners
Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a proclamation and two commissioners to read it.Bros Love Dragon Boats
August 10, 2014
And the commissioners wisely left untouched the most contentious issues, such as voter identification laws.
The commissioners also declared that no voter should have to wait more than a half hour.
The commissioners looked at the electoral mess, and concluded that strong steps should be taken to avoid further fiascos.
When three commissioners came out against the proposed rules in August, Schapiro canceled the vote.Mary Schapiro’s Exit Means a Shakeup for the SEC
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of commissioners
His motion was carried, and he himself was nominated as one of the commissioners.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The commissioners performed their work with much care and exactness.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He did not look up from the table as the commissioners entered.
These commissioners were now in conference with the Plymouth court.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
We might ask you for the welcome that is due to the commissioners of a sheriff.The Shadow of a Crime
Word Origin and History for commissioners
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.