An officer whose principal duties are to supply the army with provisions.
- n. pl. Commissaries. One to whom is committed some charge, duty, or office, by a superior power; a commissioner. Great Destiny, the
- Commissary of God. (Eccl.) An officer of the bishop, who exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction in parts of the diocese at a distance from the residence of the bishop.
- (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.
- 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. (b) The commissary general of subsistence.
- 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.