Definition of commissary general in English:

commissary general

Pronunciation /ˌkɒmɪs(ə)ri ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəl/ /ˌkɒmɪs(ə)ri ˈdʒɛn(ə)r(ə)l/


  • 1A person appointed to act as the most senior or powerful representative of a superior authority (in a particular place or sphere).

  • 2Military
    The officer in charge of a particular service or department of the army; specifically the head of the commissariat. Now chiefly historical.


Late Middle English. From commissary + general.