[ ahr-tel ]
/ ɑrˈtɛl /


(in Russia or the Soviet Union) a peasants' or workers' cooperative; an association of workers or peasants for collective effort.

Origin of artel

1880–85; < Russian artél', perhaps ultimately < a derivative of Turkic ort- middle (compare Turkish ortak partner, ortaklιk association), though identity of suffixed element(s) unclear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for artel


/ (ɑːˈtɛl) /


(in the former Soviet Union) a cooperative union or organization, esp of producers, such as peasants
(in prerevolutionary Russia) a quasi-cooperative association of people engaged in the same activity

Word Origin for artel

from Russian artel', from Italian artieri artisans, from arte work, from Latin ars art 1
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