[ kuh-mish-uh-ner ]
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  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.

  1. an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority: the baseball commissioner.

Origin of commissioner

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

Other words from commissioner

  • com·mis·sion·er·ship, noun
  • sub·com·mis·sion·er, noun
  • sub·com·mis·sion·er·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use commissioner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commissioner


/ (kəˈmɪʃənə) /

  1. a person authorized to perform certain tasks or endowed with certain powers

  2. government

  1. a member of a commission

Derived forms of commissioner

  • commissionership, noun

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