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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Commissary  \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.  --Donne. 
 
  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.  --Ayliffe. 
 
  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  of  artillery.  --W. 
  Irving 
 
  {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. 




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