noun com·mis·sar \ˈkä-mə-ˌsär\

Definition of commissar

  1. 1a :  a Communist party official assigned to a military unit to teach party principles and policies and to ensure party loyaltyb :  one that attempts to control public opinion or its expression

  2. 2 :  the head of a government department in the U.S.S.R. until 1946

Origin and Etymology of commissar

Russian komissar, from German Kommissar, from Medieval Latin commissarius

First Known Use: 1921

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