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



    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃənə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃənər//
    The police
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  1. 1(also Commissioner) a member of a commission (= an official group of people who are responsible for controlling something or finding out about something) the Church Commissioners (= the group of people responsible for controlling the financial affairs of the Church of England) European Commissioners
  2. 2(also police commissioner especially in North American English) the head of a particular police force in some countries See related entries: The police
  3. 3the head of a government department in some countries the agriculture/health, etc. commissioner Commissioner Rhodes was unavailable for comment. see also High Commissioner
  4. 4(in the US) an official chosen by a sports association to control it the baseball commissioner
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin commissionarius, from Latin commissio, from committere ‘entrust’ (in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.Extra examples The Economic Affairs Commissioner, Albert Johnson, resigned over the issue. The merger has been referred to the European Competition Commissioner. a commissioner for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commissioner