[stah-lin, -leen, stal-in; Russian stah-lyin]
  1. Joseph V.Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili or Dzugashvili, 1879–1953, Soviet political leader: secretary general of the Communist Party 1922–53; premier of the U.S.S.R. 1941–53.
  2. a former name of Donetsk.
  3. former name of Varna.
  4. former name of Braşov. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • He insisted that what little he might be able to tell Stalin wouldn't help at all.

  • But if you ever meet him you can tell him that I admire Stalin and the Russian people.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • Now I know what he wanted with Stalin, and that goat, and those rabbits!

    Uller Uprising

    Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr

  • Not even Hearst has accused Stalin of irregularity in his private life.

    Class of '29

    Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings

  • You read Marx and Lenin and Stalin--makes you a revolutionist.

    Class of '29

    Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings

British Dictionary definitions for stalin


  1. Also called: Stalino a former name (from after the Revolution until 1961) of Donetsk
  2. the former name (1950–61) of Braşov
  3. the former name (1949–56) of Varna


  1. Joseph . original name Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili . 1879–1953, Soviet leader; general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–53). He succeeded Lenin as head of the party and created a totalitarian state, crushing all opposition, esp in the great purges of 1934–37. He instigated rapid industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture and established the Soviet Union as a world power
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Word Origin and History for stalin


Russian, literally "steel," assumed name of Soviet Communist Party and Soviet Union leader Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (1879-1953). Cf. Molotov.

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