- The definition of a commissary is a restaurant on a movie set, or a grocery store in a prison on a military base.
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: Middle English commissarie ; from Midieval Latin commissarius ; from Classical Latin commissus, past participle of committere: see commit
- commissarial adjective
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noun pl. com·mis·sar·ies
- 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: Middle English commissarie, agent, from Medieval Latin commissārius, from Latin commissus, entrusted; see commission.
commissary - Business Definition
- A grocery store that sells provisions to active and retired military personnel and their families.
- A commercial enterprise that sells food and equipment to the general public.