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

Definition of commissariat

  1. 1 :  a system for supplying an army with food

  2. 2 :  food supplies

  3. 3 [Russian komissariat, from German Kommissariat, from New Latin commissariatus] :  a government department in the U.S.S.R. until 1946

  4. 4 :  a board of commissioners

Origin and Etymology of commissariat

New Latin commissariatus, from Medieval Latin commissarius

First Known Use: 1710

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