commissary
noun (plural -saries) Etymology: Middle English commissarie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin commissarius, from Latin commissus, past participle of committere Date: 14th century 1. one delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office 2. a. a store for equipment and provisions; especially a supermarket for military personnel b. food supplies c. a lunchroom especially in a motion-picture studio

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  • 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commissary — index deputy, functionary, supplier Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • commissary — mid 14c., one to whom special duty is entrusted by a higher power, from M.L. commissarius, from L. commissus entrusted, pp. of committere (see COMMIT (Cf. commit)). Originally ecclesiastical; the military sense of official in charge of supply of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • commissary — [käm′ə ser΄ē] n. pl. commissaries [ME commissarie < ML commissarius < L commissus, pp. of committere: see COMMIT] 1. a person to whom some duty is given by authority; deputy; specif., a) in France, a police official b) a person representing …   English World dictionary

  • Commissary — A commissary is someone delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office; in a formal, legal context, one who has received power from a legitimate superior authority to pass judgment in a certain cause or to take information concerning it.… …   Wikipedia

  • Commissary — Die Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) ist eine zivile Behörde des amerikanischen Verteidigungsministeriums, die über 260 Lebensmittelgeschäfte (Commissary) für Soldaten und deren Angehörigen der US Streitkräfte weltweit unterhält.[1]… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • commissary — UK [ˈkɒmɪsərɪ] / US [ˈkɑmɪˌserɪ] noun [countable] Word forms commissary : singular commissary plural commissaries American 1) a supermarket for members of the armed forces 2) a restaurant in a large organization, especially in a film or… …   English dictionary

  • commissary — [[t]kɒ̱mɪsəri, AM seri[/t]] commissaries N COUNT A commissary is a shop that provides food and equipment in a place such as a military camp or a prison. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • commissary — commissarial /kom i sair ee euhl/, adj. /kom euh ser ee/, n., pl. commissaries. 1. a store that sells food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining camp, lumber camp, or the like. 2. a dining room or cafeteria, esp. one …   Universalium

  • commissary — noun a) A store primarily serving soldiers. b) A cafeteria at a movie studio …   Wiktionary

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