[ stah-lin, -leen, stal-in; Russian stah-lyin ]
/ ˈstɑ lɪn, -lin, ˈstæl ɪn; Russian ˈstɑ lyɪn /


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.
a former name of Donetsk.
former name of Varna.
former name of Braşov. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for stalin (1 of 2)

/ (ˈstɑːlɪn) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for stalin (2 of 2)

/ (ˈstɑːlɪn) /


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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