Definition of “commissary” - English Dictionary

“commissary” in British English

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commissarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒm.ɪ.sər.i/ us /ˈkɑː.mə.ser.i/

commissary noun [ C ] (OFFICIAL)

a government official with a particular responsibility:

In 1729 he was appointed financial commissary.

Examples from literature

  • The middle of February began the removal of the ordnance and commissary stores by railroad to the south of the rivers in our rear. 
  • There was no commissary department, there were no uniforms, no arrangements for ammunition, no small arms, no cannon, no resources to draw upon for all these necessaries of war. 

(Definition of “commissary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)