commissariat

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noun com·mis·sar·i·at \ ˌkä-mə-ˈser-ē-ət , especially for sense 3 -ˈsär- \

Definition of commissariat

1 :a system for supplying an army with food
2 :food supplies
3
[Russian komissariat, from German Kommissariat, from New Latin commissariatus]
:a government department in the U.S.S.R. until 1946
4 :a board of commissioners

Origin and Etymology of commissariat

New Latin commissariatus, from Medieval Latin commissarius


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