Definition of Gulag in English:

Gulag

Syllabification: Gu·lag
Pronunciation: /ˈgo͞oläg
 
/

noun

[in singular]
1A system of labor camps maintained in the former Soviet Union from 1930 to 1955 in which many people died.
More example sentences
  • Aged twenty when the Nazis invaded Poland, Bardach escaped to join the Red Army but his subsequent criticism of the Stalinist regime led to a sentence of hard labour in the Gulag.
  • It was under Lenin's less-than-benevolent guidance that the secret police which eventually became the KGB was set up, as was the system of Gulags.
  • The research also found widespread ignorance when students were asked what were the Gulags in the Soviet Union.
1.1 (gulag) A camp in the Gulag system, or any political labor camp.
More example sentences
  • By the time Hiss was offering his secrets to Stalin's agents, the news about the gulags - vast concentration camps which slaughtered over 15 million innocent people - was out and beyond dispute.
  • Wasn't this the century that included millions of conscripts hunkered down in trenches, and millions more innocent civilians herded into gulags and concentration camps?
  • And when you talk about the gulags and the concentration camps in Pol Pot's regime, millions of people, innocent people, were killed by those regimes.

Origin

Russian, from G(lavnoe) u(pravlenie ispravitelʹno-trudovykh) lag(ereĭ) 'Chief Administration for Corrective Labor Camps'.

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