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



BrE BrE//kəˌmɪʃəˈneə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˌmɪʃəˈner//
(British English, becoming old-fashioned) Hotel people
jump to other results
a person in uniform whose job is to stand at the entrance to a hotel, etc. and open the door for visitors, find them taxis, etc. see also doorman See related entries: Hotel people Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from medieval Latin commissarius ‘person in charge’, from Latin committere ‘entrust’(in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.