[noh-muh n-klah-too r-uh]

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.

Origin of nomenklatura

First recorded in 1980–85, nomenklatura is from the Russian word nomenklatúra literally, nomenclature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of nomenklatura

  • Indeed, some in the nomenklatura claim that Castro never married Dalia.

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    Castro Family Values

    A. L. Bardach

    September 20, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for nomenklatura



(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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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