• WordNet 3.6
    • n commissary a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
    • n commissary a snack bar in a film studio
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commissary (Mil) An officer having charge of a special service; as, the commissary of musters.
    • Commissary (Eccl) An officer of the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop.
    • Commissary (Mil) An officer whose business is to provide food for a body of troops or a military post; -- officially called commissary of subsistence.
    • Commissary One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner. "Great Destiny, the Commissary of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commissary In a general sense, one to whom some charge, duty, or office is committed by a superior power; one who is sent or delegated to execute some office or duty in the place, or as the representative, of his superior; a commissioner.
    • n commissary Eccles., an officer who by delegation from the bishop exercises spiritual jurisdiction in remote parts of a diocese, or is intrusted with the performance of the bishop's duties in his absence.
    • n commissary In Scots law, the judge in a commissary-court; in present practice, the sheriff of each county acting in the commissary-court. See commissary-court.
    • n commissary Milit., a name given to officers or officials of various grades, especially to officers of the commissariat department. In the British army a commissary-general ranks with a major-general, a deputy commissary-general with a colonel, a commissary with a major, a deputy commissary with a captain, an assistant commissary with a lieutenant. In the United States an officer whose duty is the furnishing of food for the army is called a commissary of subsistence, the commissary-general ranking as a brigadier-general.
    • n commissary [F. commissaire de police.] A superior officer of police in France.
    • n commissary A general store for supplying workmen in any large industry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Commissary kom′is-ar-i one to whom any charge is committed: a deputy: :
    • n Commissary kom′is-ar-i (Scots law) the judge in a commissary court: a higher officer of police
    • n Commissary kom′is-ar-i (eccles.) an officer representing a bishop, and performing his duties in distant parts of the diocese: an officer who furnishes provisions, &c., to an army
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. commissarius, fr. L. commissus, p. p. of committere, to commit, intrust to. See Commit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. commissarius—L. committĕre, commissum.


In literature:

He had fought in the Civil War in places where no prisoners were taken, and where there was no commissary.
"The Mintage" by Elbert Hubbard
Hulot d'Ervy became ordonnance commissary during the Republic.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
Your troop, Captain, will be the convoy for this powder; and you, Mr. Stair, are requisitioned to provide the commissary.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
There was a building which would be a commissary.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
His chief commissary, General Taylor, was in some degree a counterpart of Scott.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
Bailly, duly informed, sent three commissaries and a battalion.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Father Fray Juan de Tapia, their superior and commissary.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
I got a porter to tell me where the military commissary was.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
Dey paid us off wid tickets what us tuk to de commissary to git what us needed.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
At nine o'clock in the evening, the police commissary entered the garden with his secretary and a policeman.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France

In news:

Are offering in-store sales identified by signs in the commissaries .
Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired DSD1, the local start-up commissary that produces the chain's signature TD's Deli packaged fresh food line.
An automated kiosk system that would allow inmates in Miami-Dade County (FL) jails to purchase commissary products and even file complaints has been delayed for more than a year because of software issues, reports the Miami Herald.
The program is funded by manufacturers and suppliers that provide products and services for commissaries worldwide.
Operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families.
Darlene Fuller is the pie maker at Germantown Commissary at 2290 South Germantown Road.
Commissary complaint brings up eligibility, supply and demand.
An Early Look at Commissary .
Local Lockup's Microwaves, Commissary Items Prompt Jailer's Complaint.
Larry Michael, head of the state Department of Public Health's Food Protection Program, says that those trucks will have to meet all of the statutory requirements placed on kitchen commissaries .
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has awarded its nationwide lamb and veal business to Superior Farms.
The new commissary building is scheduled for completion in July.
Restaurateur Dayna McErlean's new micro-commissary kitchen caters to big culinary dreams with small budgets in Northeast Portland (and beyond).
Imagine going commissary shopping without stepping foot inside a store — you'd just order online and pick up your groceries curbside .
Online orders, curbside pickup: Commissaries a-changin.