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Com"mis*sa*ry (?), n.; pl.
Commissaries (#). [LL. commissarius, fr.
L. commissus, p. p. of committere to commit,
intrust to. See Commit.] 1. One to
whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior
power; a commissioner.
Great Destiny, the Commissary of God.
2. (Eccl.) An officer of the
bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the
diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop.
3. (Mil.) (a) An
officer having charge of a special service; as, the
commissary of musters. (b) An
officer whose business is to provide food for a body of troops or
a military post; -- officially called commissary of
subsistence. [U. S.]
Washington wrote to the President of Congress . .
. urging the appointment of a commissary general, a quartermaster
general, a commissary of musters, and a commissary
Commissary general, an officer in charge
of some special department of army service; as:
(a) The officer in charge of the commissariat
and transport department, or of the ordnance store
department. [Eng.] (b) The commissary
general of subsistence. [U. S.] -- Commissary
general of subsistence (Mil. U. S.), the
head of the subsistence department, who has charge of the
purchase and issue of provisions for the army.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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