Meaning of “commissariat” in the English Dictionary

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"commissariat" in British English

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commissariatnoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌkɒm.ɪˈseə.ri.ət/ us /ˌkɑː.məˈser.i.ət/

Examples from literature

  • Get out a skirmish line, nominate our spies, bolster up our defences, set a watch, court-martial the prisoners, and look into the commissariat. 
  • He also contracted to supply the commissariat, which he did with advantage to the army and profit to himself. 
  • I want the commissariat properly organized. 
  • In his youth he had been a contractor to supply mules for the use of the Roman commissariat. 
  • The commissariat wagons had come up in the night, and rations were served out to the troops and breakfast prepared. 

(Definition of “commissariat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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