Definition of commissary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmɪsəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmɪseri//
    (pl. commissaries) (North American English)
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  1. 1a shop/store that sells food, etc. in a military base, a prison, etc.
  2. 2a restaurant for people working in a large organization, especially a film studio
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin commissarius ‘person in charge’, from Latin commiss- ‘joined, entrusted’, from the verb committere (in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commissary