nomenklatura

[ noh-muh n-klah-too r-uh ]
/ ˌnoʊ mən klɑˈtʊər ə /

noun, plural no·men·kla·tu·ras.

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
/ (ˌnəʊmɛnkləˈtʃuːrə) /

noun

(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

Word Origin for nomenklatura

C20: Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names
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