commissaire

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commissaire (ˌkɒmɪˈsɛə)
 
n
(in professional cycle racing) a referee who travels in an open-topped car with the riders to witness any infringement of the rules
 
[from French: see commissary]

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commissaire

administrative official under the ancien regime in France who served as an agent of the king in each of the provinces, or generalites. From about 1640 until 1789, the intendancies were the chief instrument used to achieve administrative unification and centralization under the French monarchy.

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