[ stuh-kah-nuh-vahyt, -kan-uh- ]
/ stəˈkɑ nəˌvaɪt, -ˈkæn ə- /


a worker in the Soviet Union who regularly surpassed production quotas and was specially honored and rewarded.


of or relating to a Stakhanovite or to Stakhanovism.

Origin of Stakhanovite

translation of Russian stakhánovets (1935), after Alekseǐ Grigorʾevich Stakhanov (1906–77), Soviet coal miner, whose productivity was the focus of a propaganda campaign; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for stakhanovite



1935, from name of hard-working Soviet coal miner Aleksei Grigorevich Stakhanov (1906-1977), in reference to an efficiency system in which workers increase their piecework production and are rewarded with bonuses and privileges. Soviet authorities publicized his prodigious output as part of a campaign to increase productivity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper