- the head of any of the former commissariats in the U.S.S.R.: in 1946, title changed to minister
- a representative of the government or communist party in the U.S.S.R., responsible for political orientation, esp. in a military unit
Origin of commissarRussian komissar ; from Medieval Latin commissarius: see commissary
- a. An official of the Communist Party in charge of political indoctrination and the enforcement of party loyalty.b. The head of a commissariat in the Soviet Union until 1946.
- A person who tries to control public opinion.
Origin of commissarRussian komissar, from German Kommissar, deputy, from Medieval Latin commissārius, agent; see commissary.