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Commissariat



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

noun
1.
any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called ministry since 1946.
2.
the organized method or manner by which food, equipment, transport, etc., is delivered to armies.
3.
the department of an army charged with supplying provisions.
/ˌkɒmɪˈsɛərɪət/
noun
1.
(in the former Soviet Union) a government department before 1946 Now called ministry
2.

3.
food supplies
n.

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.

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