commissioner Definition

  • 1a person who is in charge of a government department or organization
  • 2a member of a commission, especially one who has executive authority

Using commissioner: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "commissioner" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The commissioner of police held a press conference to address the recent crime wave.

  • Example

    The commissioner of education announced new policies for the upcoming school year.

  • Example

    The commissioner of the NBA made the final decision on the controversial trade.

commissioner Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for commissioner

Antonyms for commissioner

Phrases with commissioner

  • the head of a police force in a particular area


    The police commissioner promised to increase patrols in high-crime areas.

  • a government official responsible for administering tax laws and collecting taxes


    The tax commissioner warned that failure to pay taxes could result in penalties and fines.

  • commissioner of baseball

    the chief executive of Major League Baseball


    The commissioner of baseball announced new rules for the upcoming season.

Origins of commissioner

from Old French 'comissionaire', from Latin 'commissarius', from 'commiss-' (meaning 'entrusted')


Summary: commissioner in Brief

A 'commissioner' [kəˈmɪʃənər] is a person who is in charge of a government department or organization, or a member of a commission with executive authority. Examples include the commissioner of police, education, or the NBA. Synonyms include 'director' and 'chief,' while informal terms include 'boss' and 'head honcho.'

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