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



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmɪˈseəriət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmɪˈseriət//
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  1. 1a department of the army that is responsible for food supplies
  2. 2a government department in the Soviet Union before 1946
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a Scots legal term denoting the area of responsibility of a commissary, often spelled commissariot): from French commissariat, reinforced by medieval Latin commissariatus, both from medieval Latin commissarius ‘person in charge’, from Latin committere ‘entrust’.