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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I found the telephone number for the commissariat de police.
▪ Is this an army or a commissariat?
▪ No doubt all three ladies will have participated in many scenes such as the one recently overheard through the open window of the commissariat.
▪ One was left to imagine the scene being played out inside the commissariat and the events which had led up to this incident.
▪ There are also plans for the commissariat to help out the large but troubled medical electronics firm Compangnie Générale de Radiologie.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Commissariat \Com`mis*sa"ri*at\ (?; 277), n. [F. commissariat.] (Mil.)

  1. The organized system by which armies and military posts are supplied with food and daily necessaries.

  2. The body of officers charged with such service.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, in Scottish law, "commissary court," from French commissariat, from Medieval Latin *commissariatus, from commissarius (see commissary). Military use is from 1779. In reference to the USSR, "ministry," from 1918.


n. 1 A supply of food. 2 The department of an army that supplies provisions for the troops. 3 (context historical English) A department of the government of the Soviet Union in the early period of its existence. 4 A territorial and governmental unit of Colombia at some points in its history.


n. a stock or supply of foods [syn: provisions, provender, viands, victuals]


A commissariat is a department or organization commanded by a commissary or by a corps of commissaries.

In many countries, commissary is a police rank. In those countries, a commissariat is a police station commanded by a commissary.

In some armies, commissaries are logistic officers. In those countries, a commissariat is a department charged with the provision of supplies, both food and forage, for the troops. The supply of military stores such as ammunition is not included in the duties of a commissariat. In almost every army the duties of transport and supply are performed by the same corps of departmental troops.

Usage examples of "commissariat".

I hope your contribution is somewhat more efficacious than the farce your commissariat precipitated in regard to the so-called Amish threat.

So much so that when Luigi got in a tizzy about Giorgio Schiavoni escaping from Palermo, and above all sounding off to the Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs, he sent Billy Antrim to set things right.

At dinner we were joined by Horace Eglantine and Bob Transit, from the first of whom we learned, that a grand fancy ball was to take place at the Argyll Rooms in the course of the ensuing week, under the immediate direction of four fashionable impures, and at the expense of General Trinket, a broad-shouldered Milesian, who having made a considerable sum by the commissariat service, had returned home to spend his Peninsular pennies among the Paphian dames of the metropolis.

Every day, letters of inquiry and notices from the court arrived, and on the first of May, Denisov was ordered to hand the squadron over to the next in seniority and appear before the staff of his division to explain his violence at the commissariat office.

By it the Proletkult and its associated organizations were unequivocally placed under the supervision of the Commissariat of Education.

It was well for Graham, Hunter, McNeill, and their brigades that William Connor and the Berkshires and the Subadar Goordit Singh had no idle time in which to sear their difficulties, for, before another khamsin gorged the day with cutting dust, every department of the Service, from the Commissariat to the Balloon Detachment, was filling marching orders.

I arrived among my followers, I was hungry and ate a cup full of teocentli meal stirred into cold water, which is all we carry for rations when on a journey, it being light and very nourishing, and it would be a valuable addition to the army commissariat.

It would be a perceptive observer who could suspect that Lee Chang Chu was one of the most efficient supervisors in the cloak and dagger Section G of the Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs.

It seems that when the Dawnworlds were first contacted, Ross Metaxa, along with the President of United Planets and the Director of the Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs, brought together some two thousand of what they evidently thought were the most dependable chiefs of state of United Planets and laid the-situation in their laps.

It was like Paradise in that inn--though the commissariat, I am bound to say, was limited.

As for Loiseau, he had managed to sell to the French commissariat department all the wines he had in stock, so that the state now owed him a considerable sum, which he hoped to receive at Havre.

It may be that the partial disasters sustained by Benedek in Germany have determined the Austrian Government to order a more active system of war against Italy, or, as is generally believed here, that the organisation of the commissariat was not perfect enough with the army Archduke Albert commands to afford a more active and offensive action.

The only grumble was that in the desperate hurry to reach Quatre Bras the army had left its commissariat wagons far behind so that most of the battalions started their day hungry.

Under these come the borough police forces, 453 in all, being comprised of seventy-four Central Commissariats, 253 Constituency Commissariats and 126 local Postes de Police.

Similarly every Regional Headquarters of the Police Judiciaire had ordered its dependent local commissariats in town and country to get all hotel registration cards into HQ by eight in the morning at the latest.