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nomenklatura

[noh-muh n-klah-too r-uh]
noun, plural no·men·kla·tu·ras.
  1. a select list or class of people from which appointees for top-level government positions are drawn, especially from a Communist Party.
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Origin of nomenklatura

First recorded in 1980–85, nomenklatura is from the Russian word nomenklatúra literally, nomenclature
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nomenklatura

noun
  1. (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
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Word Origin

C20: Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names
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Word Origin and History for nomenklatura

n.

Russian, literally "a listing of positions to be filled," from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).

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