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[noh-muh n-klah-too r-uh] /ˌnoʊ mən klɑˈtʊər ə/
noun, plural nomenklaturas.
a select list or class of people from which appointees for top-level government positions are drawn, especially from a Communist Party.
Origin of nomenklatura
First recorded in 1980-85, nomenklatura is from the Russian word nomenklatúra literally, nomenclature Unabridged
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(formerly, in the USSR and E Europe) a list of individuals drawn up by the Communist Party from which were selected candidates for vacant senior positions in the state, party, and other important organizations
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C20: Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names
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Word Origin and History for nomenklatura

Russian, literally "a listing of positions to be filled," from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).

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