[ ap-uh-rat, ah-puh-raht ]
/ ˌæp əˈræt, ˌɑ pəˈrɑt /


an organization or existing power structure, especially a political one: a position of leadership within the party apparat; The chess apparat is not eager to change tournament rules.

Origin of apparat

1940–45; < Russian apparát orig., scientific apparatus < German < Latin apparātus. See apparatus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for apparat

  • Toujours en son triomphe ou ses dfaites,Elle apparat gante, et son cri sonne et son nom luit.

    mile Verhaeren|Stefan Zweig
  • Pforzheim fell sidewise against the pink wall of petrol tins, still hung up by his apparat, and dribbling scarlet over the pink.

    The Messenger|Elizabeth Robins

British Dictionary definitions for apparat


/ (ˌæpəˈrɑːt) /


the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states

Word Origin for apparat

Russian, literally: apparatus
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