An example of a commissary is the place where prisoners can buy cans of soda.
- In France, a police official.
- A person representing a bishop in a part of his diocese.
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”).