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[pol-it-byoo r-oh, poh-lit-, puh-lit-] /ˈpɒl ɪtˌbyʊər oʊ, ˈpoʊ lɪt-, pəˈlɪt-/
(often lowercase) the executive committee and chief policymaking body of a Communist Party.
Origin of Politburo
< Russian politbyuró, shortening of politícheskoe byuró political bureau Unabridged
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  • The Politburo set the general policy guidelines and directives.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • Family connections played a key role in the composition of the Politburo in 1970.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • Similar family relationships existed between the other Politburo members.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The commission's function was to elaborate the Politburo's directives on reforming the school system.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The real source of all power was the Party, whose all-powerful Politburo was the country's top policymaking body.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
British Dictionary definitions for Politburo


the executive and policy-making committee of a Communist Party
the supreme policy-making authority in most Communist countries
Word Origin
C20: from Russian: contraction of Politicheskoe Buro political bureau
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Word Origin and History for Politburo

"highest policy-making committee of the U.S.S.R.," 1927, from Russian politbyuro, contracted from politicheskoe byuro "political bureau."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Politburo in Culture
politburo [(pol-it-byoor-oh, poh-lit-byoor-oh)]

A commonly used name for those who made the major governmental decisions in the former Soviet Union. A politburo, in general, is the chief committee of a communist party.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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