Commissionaire
Commissionaire Com*mis`sion*aire", n. [F. commissionnaire. Cf. {Commissioner}.] 1. One intrusted with a commission, now only a small commission, as an errand; esp., an attendant or subordinate employee in a public office, hotel, or the like.

Note: The commissionaire familiar to European travelers performs miscellaneous services as a light porter, messenger, solicitor for hotels, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. One of a corps of pensioned soldiers, as in London, employed as doorkeepers, messengers, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. a uniformed doorman. [British] [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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