Commissary general
Commissary Com"mis*sa*ry, n.; pl. {Commissaries}. [LL. commissarius, fr. L. commissus, p. p. of committere to commit, intrust to. See {Commit}.] 1. One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner. [1913 Webster]

Great Destiny, the Commissary of God. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) An officer of the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) (a) An officer having charge of a special service; as, the commissary of musters. (b) An officer whose business is to provide food for a body of troops or a military post; -- officially called {commissary of subsistence}. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Washington wrote to the President of Congress . . . urging the appointment of a commissary general, a quartermaster general, a commissary of musters, and a commissary of artillery. --W. Irving [1913 Webster]

{Commissary general}, an officer in charge of some special department of army service; as: (a) The officer in charge of the commissariat and transport department, or of the ordnance store department. [Eng.] (b) The commissary general of subsistence. [U. S.]

{Commissary general of subsistence} (Mil. U. S.), the head of the subsistence department, who has charge of the purchase and issue of provisions for the army. [1913 Webster]


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