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commissary Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
  2. noun a snack bar in a film studio

Com"mis*sa*ry noun
LL. commissarius, fr. L. commissus, p. p. of committere to commit, intrust to. See Commit.
plural Commissaries
  1. One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner.
    Great Destiny, the Commissary of God. Donne.
  2. (Eccl.) An officer on the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop. Ayliffe.
  3. (Mil.) (a) An officer having charge of a special sevice; as, the commissary of musters. (b) An officer whose business is to provide food for a body of troops or a military post; -- officially called commissary of subsistence. U. S.
    Washington wrote to the President of Congress . . . urging the appointment of a commissary general, a quartermaster general, a commissary of musters, and a commissary of artillery. W. Irving

Webster 1913