high commissioner

  1. a representative of one sovereign member of the Commonwealth of Nations in the country of another, having a rank and responsibilities generally similar to those of an ambassador.
  2. the chief of a special international commission or other organization.
  3. the head of government in a mandate, protectorate, possession, or the like.

Origin of high commissioner

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for high commissioner

high commissioner

  1. the senior diplomatic representative sent by one Commonwealth country to another instead of an ambassador
  2. the head of an international commission
  3. the chief officer in a colony or other dependency
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