Definition of commissaire in English:

commissaire

noun

  • 1A senior police officer in France.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An official at a bicycle race or other sporting event.
      • ‘Incensed team staff had confronted race officials, and were extremely disappointed with the response from the commissaires’
      • ‘The race was stopped by the commissaire following this bizarre happening!’
      • ‘He has a few words with the commissaires before rejoining the pack.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: French.

Pronunciation:

commissaire

/ˌkäməˈser/