Main definitions of commissionary in English

: commissionary1commissionary2

commissionary1

noun

  • 1A commissary.

  • 2historical More fully "People's Commissionary": = "commissar". Compare "commissary".

  • 3In India or Pakistan: an administrative division of a state, typically consisting of two or more districts.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From post-classical Latin commissionarius commissary, commissioner from classical Latin commissiōn-, commissiō + -ārius.

Pronunciation

commissionary

/kəˈmɪʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/

Main definitions of commissionary in English

: commissionary1commissionary2

commissionary2

adjective

  • Of an agent or official: appointed by commission or warrant; empowered as a delegate. Also of power, authority, etc.: entrusted to an agent, delegated; derived from commission.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Hooker (1554–1600), theologian and philosopher. From post-classical Latin commissionarius done to order, of a commissary from classical Latin commissiōn-, commissiō + -ārius.

Pronunciation

commissionary

/kəˈmɪʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/