Definition of nomenklatura in English:



  • 1(in the former Soviet Union) the system whereby influential posts in government and industry were filled by Party appointees.

    ‘the system of nomenklatura, which reserves important appointments to the Party apparatus’
    • ‘Based on a nomenklatura system, all key positions in the state administration, the economy, education, the media, and the military were controlled by the party.’
    • ‘It's about wrecking the nomenklatura state and bringing law back to Russia.’
    • ‘Far from preventing the restoration of capitalism and the victory of ‘civil society’, Stalin actually paved the way for it by ‘creating’ the nomenklatura.’
    • ‘In the nomenklatura system, officials at this level expect to move into a similarly lofty and responsible position, such as ambassador or minister at the federal level.’
    1. 1.1 Those people appointed to posts in government or industry under the nomenklatura system.
      ‘most of the caviar was kept for the nomenklatura’
      • ‘The nomenklatura was ‘rewarded’ with access to the few imported commodities Romania had at the time.’
      • ‘The former Communist nomenklatura continued to remain influential in executive government, especially after 1992.’
      • ‘The leaders of these groups may receive privileges once granted to the Soviet nomenklatura, such as official cars and well-equipped offices.’
      • ‘Apart from speculative activity surrounding the price of voucher books, the pace of privatization was deliberately slowed down by the vested political interests of the nomenklatura.’
      • ‘The nomenklatura might have been prepared to surrender the Soviet state without a fight, but not their dachas.’


Russian, from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).