[noh-muh n-klah-too r-uh]
- a select list or class of people from which appointees for top-level government positions are drawn, especially from a Communist Party.
Origin of nomenklatura
First recorded in 1980–85, nomenklatura is from the Russian word nomenklatúra literally, nomenclature
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Examples from the Web for nomenklatura
Indeed, some in the nomenklatura claim that Castro never married Dalia.Castro Family Values
A. L. Bardach
September 20, 2009
- (formerly, in the USSR and E Europe) a list of individuals drawn up by the Communist Party from which were selected candidates for vacant senior positions in the state, party, and other important organizations
C20: Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names
Word Origin and History for nomenklatura
Russian, literally "a listing of positions to be filled," from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper