com·​mis·​sar·​i·​at | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈser-ē-ət How to pronounce commissariat (audio) , especially for sense 3 -ˈsär- \

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

Examples of commissariat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His regime is currently resurrecting a Soviet commissariat (or a new Gestapo) to police the political reliability of the regular army. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "First Skripal, Then NATO," 13 Mar. 2018 The European Union’s antitrust commissariat ruled that the Luxembourg government must collect €250 million ($294 million) in back taxes from the online retailer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brussels on the Amazon," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of commissariat

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commissariat

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

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“Commissariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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