Commissary meaning

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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.

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A person to whom a special duty is given by a higher authority; a deputy.
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A person to whom some duty is given by authority; deputy.
  • In France, a police official.
  • A person representing a bishop in a part of his diocese.
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A lunchroom or cafeteria, especially one in a film or television studio.
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An army officer in charge of providing soldiers with food and other supplies.
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Food supplies.
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A store, as in a lumber camp or army camp, where food and supplies can be obtained.
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A restaurant in a film or television studio.
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A store primarily serving soldiers.
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A cafeteria at a movie studio.
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One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner.
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An officer of the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop.

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Origin of commissary

  • Middle English commissarie agent from Medieval Latin commissārius from Latin commissus entrusted commission

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin commissarius, from commissus, past participle of committere (“to commit, entrust to”).

    From Wiktionary