- the system of forced-labor camps in the Soviet Union.
- a Soviet forced-labor camp.
- any prison or detention camp, especially for political prisoners.
Origin of gulag
Examples from the Web for gulag
A former lover of Shostakovich, the writer Galina Serebryakova, disappeared into the Gulag camps.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
When I wrote the novel about the Gulag, House of Meetings, the name Stalin only appears in a footnote very early on.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
I am sure that no one in a Gulag or Kanz-lager would have turned their nose up at some fresh poultry.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
It was post-Stalin, and they were unthreatened by the gulag, but censored and surveilled.Inside the Kabokovs' ‘Strange City’
June 13, 2014
Inside of prison, even our privileged American prison, scarcity is just as much of an issue as it was in the Gulag.Reading Prison Novels In Prison
May 24, 2014
Gulo-mental: includes the region covered by the gulag and mentum.
Gular suture: the line of division between the gulag or throat and the gene or cheeks.
- (formerly) the central administrative department of the Soviet security service, established in 1930, responsible for maintaining prisons and forced labour camps
- (not capital) any system used to silence dissents
Word Origin and History for gulag
system of prisons and labor camps, especially for political detainees, in the former Soviet Union; rough acronym from Russian Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh lagerei "Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps," set up in 1931.
A system of prison camps inside the former Soviet Union used for political prisoners. Under Joseph Stalin, millions of prisoners in these camps died from starvation and maltreatment. This system was given worldwide attention in the writings of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Gulag is an acronym in Russian of the name meaning Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps.