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

Historical Examples

  • The "artel" requires it, and, in case of disobedience, woe to the offender!

    The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • If indeed the "artel" once showed mercy to the men who had broken their word, there would be an end to its existence.

British Dictionary definitions for artel


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

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