- the Kremlin,
- the executive branch of the government of Russia or of the Soviet Union, especially in regard to its foreign affairs.
- the citadel of Moscow, including within its walls the chief offices of the Russian and, formerly, of the Soviet government.
Origin of Kremlin
Examples from the Web for kremlin
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
On Tuesday, two senior Kremlin officials, Vladimir Avdeyenko and Boris Rapoport, quit their jobs.
Now the Kremlin will assign more loyal people to rule the region, mostly military leaders.
The Kremlin likes to portray these as sinister Western conspiracies.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
The Kremlin is far away—almost 1,000 kilometers away, in fact.Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
November 29, 2014
We will show you a monument made out of heads and higher than the Kremlin.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
I do not believe they are traitors who wanted to serve the interests of the Kremlin.The Invisible Government
The Kremlin, hitherto out of the range of the flames, was now in danger.
When the French approached the Kremlin they were saluted by a discharge of musketry.
"Moscow is surpassed only by the Kremlin, and the Kremlin only by heaven," they say.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
- the citadel of any Russian city
- the 12th-century citadel in Moscow, containing the former Imperial Palace, three Cathedrals, and the offices of the Russian government
- (formerly) the central government of the Soviet Union
Word Origin and History for kremlin
1660s, Cremelena, from Old Russian kremlinu, later kremlin (1796), from kreml' "citadel, fortress," perhaps of Tartar origin. Originally the citadel of any Russian city, now especially the one in Moscow. Used metonymically for "government of the U.S.S.R." from 1933. The modern form of the word in English might be via French.