[pol-it-byoo r-oh, poh-lit-, puh-lit-]
- (often lowercase) the executive committee and chief policymaking body of a Communist Party.
Origin of Politburo
< Russian politbyuró, shortening of politícheskoe byuró political bureau
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- the executive and policy-making committee of a Communist Party
- the supreme policy-making authority in most Communist countries
C20: from Russian: contraction of Politicheskoe Buro political bureau
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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