- any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called ministry since 1946.
- the organized method or manner by which food, equipment, transport, etc., is delivered to armies.
- the department of an army charged with supplying provisions.
Origin of commissariat
Examples from the Web for commissariat
Our men lacked for nothing: the commissariat was managed admirably.Freeland
He also contracted to supply the commissariat, which he did with advantage to the army and profit to himself.Self-Help
The commissariat was demoralised, and supplies were not forthcoming.The Trampling of the Lilies
Huge trains of the commissariat were continually on the road.
The one was the commissariat department; the other was the fighting line.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
- (in the former Soviet Union) a government department before 1946Now called: ministry
- a military department in charge of food supplies, equipment, etc
- the offices of such a department
- food supplies
Word Origin and History for commissariat
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.