Definition of commissaire in English:


Syllabification: com·mis·saire
Pronunciation: /ˌkômiˈse(ə)r


  • 1A senior police officer in France.
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    • The standing which the event enjoys with the UCI, the world governing body, is reflected in the fact that international commissaire Jack Watson will act as chief commissaire, assisted by a panel of four commissaires.
    • His father was a Commissaire de Police for the French Government.
    • This lone civilian was a commissaire of police, and the sole representative of the city's civil population.
  • 1.1An official at a bicycle race or other sporting event.
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    • After May 31 only valid licence holders will be considered for ranking, to the National Pool, training and selecting teams for foreign competitions and commissaires to officiate at races.
    • He has a few words with the commissaires before rejoining the pack.
    • The race was stopped by the commissaire following this bizarre happening!


mid 18th century: French.

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