Definition of commissionary in English:

commissionary

noun

  • 1A commissary.

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

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

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

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<br>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/