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commissioner

The noun commissioner refers to someone in charge of a formal group or organization, such as a police commissioner or a baseball commissioner.

As you might guess, commissioner is related to commission, which describes a group that carries out a particular function. Commissioner can describe an official who directs or regulates a commission, or it can be that person's title. For example, if Theodore Young is the housing commissioner, in formal situations you’d refer to him as Commissioner Young.

Definitions of commissioner
  1. noun
    a member of a commission
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    type of:
    fellow member, member
    one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
  2. noun
    a government administrator
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    bank commissioner
    a commissioner appointed to supervise banks; a state superintendent of banks
    housing commissioner
    a commissioner in charge of public housing
    park commissioner
    a commissioner in charge of public parks
    police commissioner
    a civil commissioner appointed to supervise the duties and discipline of the police
    type of:
    administrator, executive
    someone who manages a government agency or department
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