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1. A department of an army in charge of providing food and other supplies for the troops.
2. A food supply.
3. A major government department in the Soviet Union until 1946.
[French, from Medieval Latin commissārius, agent; see commissary. Sense 3, from Russian komissariat, from French commissariat.]
1. (Historical Terms) (in the former Soviet Union) a government department before 1946. Now called: ministry
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a military department in charge of food supplies, equipment, etc
b. the offices of such a department
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) food supplies
[C17: from New Latin commissāriātus, from Medieval Latin commissārius commissary]
com•mis•sar•i•at(ˌkɒm əˈsɛər i ət)
1. a major governmental division in the U.S.S.R.: called ministry after 1946.
2. the organized method by which food, equipment, etc., is delivered to armies.
3. the department of an army charged with supplying provisions.
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food cache - food in a secure or hidden storage place
larder - a supply of food especially for a household