An example of a commissary is the place where prisoners can buy cans of soda.
- a person to whom some duty is given by authority; deputy; specif.,
- in France, a police official
- a person representing a bishop in a part of his diocese
- Obsolete an army officer in charge of providing soldiers with food and other supplies
- food supplies
- ☆ a store, as in a lumber camp or army camp, where food and supplies can be obtained
- ☆ a restaurant in a film or television studio
Origin of commissaryMiddle English commissarie ; from Medieval Latin commissarius ; from Classical Latin commissus, past participle of committere: see commit
- a. A supermarket for military personnel and their dependents, usually located on a military installation.b. A store where food and equipment are sold, as in a mining camp.
- A lunchroom or cafeteria, especially one in a film or television studio.
- A person to whom a special duty is given by a higher authority; a deputy.
Origin of commissaryMiddle English commissarie, agent, from Medieval Latin commissārius, from Latin commissus, entrusted; see commission.
Late Latin commissarius, from commissus, past participle of committere (“to commit, entrust to”).