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  1. (in professional cycle racing) a referee who travels in an open-topped car with the riders to witness any infringement of the rules
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Word Origin for commissaire

from French: see commissary
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Examples from the Web for commissaire

Historical Examples of commissaire

  • The entire evening I could think of nothing but the story of the Commissaire.

    Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.

    Charles James Lever

  • Just as Andre fell, a commissaire had rushed forward and seized a woman.

    The Champdoce Mystery

    Emile Gaboriau

  • And it was fortunate, as it gave me a chance to speak to the Commissaire.

  • But how could the Commissaire then know what we had been saying?

  • And then the priest put the questions together for the Commissaire.