What does the word commissariat mean?

Usage examples for commissariat

  1. He is head of the commissariat department of an army of righteousness. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  2. The officers of the commissariat in North Carolina, upon whom the army in Virginia depended for subsistence, were instructed by the Commissary General just then, to permit none of the provisions they collected to be used by the troops serving in it. – The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner by John Wilkinson
  3. The orderly who stood behind his master's chair, received a whispered order, disappeared into the commissariat hut and came back presently with a bottle at the sight of which the Englishman gasped. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim