Definition of nomenklatura in US English:

nomenklatura

noun

  • 1(in the former Soviet Union) a list of influential posts in government and industry to be filled by Communist Party appointees.

    • ‘It's about wrecking the nomenklatura state and bringing law back to Russia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far from preventing the restoration of capitalism and the victory of ‘civil society’, Stalin actually paved the way for it by ‘creating’ the nomenklatura.’
    1. 1.1 Those people appointed to posts in government or industry under the nomenklatura system.
      • ‘The nomenklatura might have been prepared to surrender the Soviet state without a fight, but not their dachas.’
      • ‘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 former Communist nomenklatura continued to remain influential in executive government, especially after 1992.’
      • ‘The nomenklatura was ‘rewarded’ with access to the few imported commodities Romania had at the time.’

Origin

Russian, from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).

Pronunciation

nomenklatura

/ˌnōmənkləˈt(y)o͝orə/