- A store or shop, especially one selling food and supplies, operated by an organization such as a military unit or prison.
- A person appointed to manage the provision of supplies.
Late 16th century: from french commissaire, from latin commissarius "deputy", from commissus "entrusted", past participle of committere.
- The soldiers had to go to the commissary to buy groceries.
- The prisoners were allowed to shop at the commissary once a week.
- The commissary manager was responsible for ordering and stocking the store's goods.
- The commissary was closed due to the storm and the soldiers had to make do with the rations they had.
- The company hired a commissary to manage the logistics of the event.