- (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
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The "artel" requires it, and, in case of disobedience, woe to the offender!
If indeed the "artel" once showed mercy to the men who had broken their word, there would be an end to its existence.
- (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
from Russian artel', from Italian artieri artisans, from arte work, from Latin ars art 1
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