commissariat

[ kom-uh-sair-ee-uht ]
/ ˌkɒm əˈsɛər i ət /

noun

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.

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Origin of commissariat

1600–10; <New Latin commissāriātus, equivalent to Medieval Latin commissāri(us) commissary + -ātus-ate3; (def. 1) <Russian komissariát ≪ New Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for commissariat

commissariat
/ (ˌkɒmɪˈsɛərɪət) /

noun

(in the former Soviet Union) a government department before 1946Now called: ministry
  1. a military department in charge of food supplies, equipment, etc
  2. the offices of such a department
food supplies

Word Origin for commissariat

C17: from New Latin commissāriātus, from Medieval Latin commissārius commissary
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