commissariat

noun com·mis·sar·i·at \ ˌkä-mə-ˈser-ē-ət , especially for sense 3 -ˈsär- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of commissariat

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

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Origin and Etymology of commissariat

borrowed from Medieval Latin commissāriātus "office of a commissary," from commissārius commissary + Latin -ātus 2-ate


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