or Po·lit·bu·reau

[pol-it-byoo r-oh, poh-lit-, puh-lit-]

Origin of Politburo

< Russian politbyuró, shortening of politícheskoe byuró political bureau
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British Dictionary definitions for politbureau


  1. the executive and policy-making committee of a Communist Party
  2. the supreme policy-making authority in most Communist countries

Word Origin for Politburo

C20: from Russian: contraction of Politicheskoe Buro political bureau
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Word Origin and History for politbureau



"highest policy-making committee of the U.S.S.R.," 1927, from Russian politbyuro, contracted from politicheskoe byuro "political bureau."

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politbureau in Culture


[(pol-it-byoor-oh, poh-lit-byoor-oh)]

A commonly used name for those who made the major governmental decisions in the former Soviet Union. A politburo, in general, is the chief committee of a communist party.

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