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commissioner

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commissioner \Com*mis"sion*er\, noun

1. A person who has a commission or warrant to perform some office, or execute some business, for the government, corporation, or person employing him; as, a commissioner to take affidavits or to adjust claims.

To another address which requested that a commission might be sent to examine into the state of things in Ireland, William returned a gracious answer, and desired the Commons to name the commissioners. --Macaulay.

2. An officer having charge of some department or bureau of the public service.

Herbert was first commissioner of the Admiralty. --Macaulay.

The commissioner of patents, the commissioner of the land office, the commissioner of Indian affairs, are subordinates of the secretary of the interior. --Bartlett.

{Commissioner of deeds}, an officer having authority to take affidavits, depositions, acknowledgment of deeds, etc., for use in the State by which he is appointed. [U. S.]

{County commissioners}, certain administrative officers in some of the States, invested by local laws with various powers in reference to the roads, courthouses, financial matters, etc., of the county. [U. S.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

commissioner

noun

1: a government administrator

2: a member of a commission


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