[nep-muh n]

noun, plural nep·men.

(in the Soviet Union) a person who engaged briefly in private enterprise during the New Economic Policy of the 1920s.

Origin of nepman

< Russian nė́pman, equivalent to nėp, acronym from Nóvaya ėkonomícheskaya polítika New Economic Policy + -man < German -mann or English -man

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019