One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A citadel within a Russian town.
- ‘The kremlin was established in the 11th century and is one of the earliest to have stone defences.’
- ‘Cities such as Moscow, Novgorod, Pskov, and Yaroslavl grew around the old fortresses (kremlins) and monasteries that formed their centers and near the gates where artisans and traders peddled their goods.’
- ‘In Washington, the government veils itself ever further inside the folds of ‘national security,’ as federal buildings look increasingly like kremlins.’
- 1.1 The citadel in Moscow.
- 1.2 The Russian or (formerly) Soviet government.
Mid 17th century: via French from Russian kremlʹ ‘citadel’.
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