Definition of commissar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒmɪˈsɑː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmɪˈsɑːr//
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an officer of the Communist Party, especially in the past in the Soviet Union Word Originearly 20th cent. (Russian Revolution): from Russian komissar, from French commissaire, from medieval Latin commissarius ‘person in charge’, from Latin commiss- ‘joined, entrusted’, from the verb committere (in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commissar