One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A restaurant in a movie studio, military base, prison, or other institution.
- ‘I am on my way to the commissary for coffee and you haven't eaten in days.’
- ‘Still, at virtually every movie premiere, in studio commissaries, over lunch at The Grill and at other show-business hang-outs, the investigation, and who is being called before the grand jury, have become the major topic of discussion.’
- ‘Among buildings in full bloom are the new base exchange, fitness center, commissary, a school consolidating kindergarten through high school in one main area, collocated club and four modern dormitories.’
- ‘Current services include a child care center, recreation center, community club, fitness center, Army community services, skeet club, commissary and post office.’
- ‘Most importantly, this site is not for complaining about the price of steak in the commissary.’
- ‘He wouldn't need food or cooking utensils; the Club's commissary supplied that.’
- ‘She works the 5 to 6 o'clock shift (AM to PM that is) and is on hand everyday in the commissary and restaurants.’
- ‘Although it was six miles from Keflavik, the site had its own base exchange, commissary, gym, theater and club.’
- ‘Take advantage of such military benefits as the commissary, Post Exchange, thrift shop, tuition assistance, health care, recreation centers and movie theaters.’
- ‘He never told the commissary to make tapioca pudding no matter how often I asked.’
- ‘We didn't eat in the commissary.’
- ‘A boarding house/hotel and commissary was also on the property.’
- ‘I used to go to the commissary with him and sit next to people that were dressed like Indian chiefs and cowboys and monsters.’
- ‘The restaurants paid the commissary a price for supplies that left their food costs at 28% to 29% of revenues.’
- ‘One early focus was the company's commissary, which imported olive oil, cheese, and other ingredients from Italy and then made sauces, salad dressings, and pastas by hand.’
- ‘The day the cast filmed their last episode, I saw them in the commissary.’
- ‘Lunchtime at the studio was fun because everyone would eat at the commissary in costume.’
- ‘I told Nicole we'd go down to the commissary and get her something to eat.’
2A deputy or delegate.
- ‘It must first ask the board of commissaries, in this case the House of Representatives.’
- ‘Clive conquered and organized Bengal for the East India Company He first went to Madras as a clerk in 1743 and by 1749 had won the lucrative appointment of military commissary.’
- ‘For instance, we are trying to teach French to the new European commissaries.’
- ‘The commissary, a commissioned officer, handled food procurement and, like the quartermaster, on many questions answered directly to his superiors in the national capital rather than to the army commander.’
- ‘Due to either lack of course knowledge or obstinacy, the commissaries maintained the original lap count and sent the riders off to suffer for six laps and what would become a 3-hour death march.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin commissarius ‘person in charge’, from Latin commiss- ‘joined, entrusted’, from the verb committere (see commit).
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