[stah-lin, -leen, stal-in; Russian stah-lyin]
  1. Joseph V.Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili or Dzugashvili, 1879–1953, Soviet political leader: secretary general of the Communist Party 1922–53; premier of the U.S.S.R. 1941–53.
  2. a former name of Donetsk.
  3. former name of Varna.
  4. former name of Braşov.


or Dzu·gash·vi·li

[joo-guh sh-vee-lee; Russian joo-guh-shvyee-lyi]
  1. Io·sif Vis·sa·ri·o·no·vich [Russian yaw-syif-vyi-suh-ryi-aw-nuh-vyich] /Russian ˈyɔ syɪf vyɪ sə ryɪˈɔ nə vyɪtʃ/. Stalin, Joseph. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for iosif vissarionovich dzhugashvili


  1. Also called: Stalino a former name (from after the Revolution until 1961) of Donetsk
  2. the former name (1950–61) of Braşov
  3. the former name (1949–56) of Varna


  1. Joseph . original name Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili . 1879–1953, Soviet leader; general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–53). He succeeded Lenin as head of the party and created a totalitarian state, crushing all opposition, esp in the great purges of 1934–37. He instigated rapid industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture and established the Soviet Union as a world power
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Word Origin and History for iosif vissarionovich dzhugashvili


Russian, literally "steel," assumed name of Soviet Communist Party and Soviet Union leader Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (1879-1953). Cf. Molotov.

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