Commissioner Com*mis"sion*er, n. 1. A person who has a commission or warrant to perform some office, or execute some business, for the government, corporation, or person employing him; as, a commissioner to take affidavits or to adjust claims. [1913 Webster]

To another address which requested that a commission might be sent to examine into the state of things in Ireland, William returned a gracious answer, and desired the Commons to name the commissioners. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. An officer having charge of some department or bureau of the public service. [1913 Webster]

Herbert was first commissioner of the Admiralty. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The commissioner of patents, the commissioner of the land office, the commissioner of Indian affairs, are subordinates of the secretary of the interior. --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

{Commissioner of deeds}, an officer having authority to take affidavits, depositions, acknowledgment of deeds, etc., for use in the State by which he is appointed. [U. S.]

{County commissioners}, certain administrative officers in some of the States, invested by local laws with various powers in reference to the roads, courthouses, financial matters, etc., of the county. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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