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Borrowed from French commissionaire, from Latin commissio. Doublet of commissioner.



commissionaire (plural commissionaires)

  1. One entrusted with a (small) commission, such as an errand; especially, an attendant or subordinate employee in a public office, hotel, etc.
  2. (Britain) A uniformed doorman.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, chapter 8, in The Line of Beauty, New York: Bloomsbury, →OCLC:
      When the day came Nick turned up early at the bank and waited under a palm tree in the atrium. People hurried in, nodding to the commissionaire, who still wore a tailcoat and a top hat.
  3. (law) An undisclosed agent under European civil law.

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  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 12.22, page 342.