from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A department of an army in charge of providing food and other supplies for the troops.
- n. A food supply.
- n. A major government department in the Soviet Union until 1946.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A supply of food.
- n. The department of an army that supplies provisions for the troops.
- n. A department of the government of the Soviet Union in the early period of its existence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The organized system by which armies and military posts are supplied with food and daily necessaries.
- n. The body of officers charged with such service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That department of an army the duties of which consist in supplying transport, provisions, forage, camp equipage, etc., to the troops; also, the body of officers in that department.
- n. The office or employment of a commissary.
- n. In Scots law, the jurisdiction of a commissary; the district of country over which the authority or jurisdiction of a commissary extends. See extract.
- Pertaining to or concerned in furnishing supplies: as, the commissariat department; commissariat arrangements.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stock or supply of foods
French, from Medieval Latin commissārius, agent; see commissary. Sense 3, from Russian komissariat, from French commissariat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)