Definition of velvet revolution in English:

velvet revolution

noun

  • A nonviolent political revolution, especially the relatively smooth change from Communism to a Western-style democracy in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989.

    • ‘By the end of the 1980s the Berlin Wall was down and the velvet revolutions in eastern Europe were under way.’
    • ‘I would very much like to think that every repressive country in the world could have its velvet revolution, and soon.’
    • ‘O'Neill has the time to effect his velvet revolution after the brusque, abrasive and confrontational approach of his predecessor.’
    • ‘When Vaclav Havel began his velvet revolution in Prague, Tom, at great personal and professional risk, smuggled printing and publishing equipment into Czechoslovakia to aid the underground press there.’
    • ‘Privatization began after the velvet revolution in 1989, and most property owned privately before 1948 has been returned to the owners or their descendants.’

Origin

Translating Czech sametová revoluce.

Pronunciation

velvet revolution

/ˈvelvət ˌrevəˈlo͞oSHən/