Definition of commissaire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkäməˈser/


1A senior police officer in France.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: com·mis·saire

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