from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Soviet worker honored and rewarded for exceptional diligence in increasing production.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An extremely productive or hard-working worker, especially in the former USSR, who may earn special rewards; a workaholic.
- adj. Pertaining to a Stakhanovite; heroically hard-working.
After Aleksei Grigorievich Stakhanov (1906-1977), Soviet miner.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name of Aleksei Grigor’evich Stakhanov (Алексе́й Григо́рьевич Стаха́нов), a Russian coal miner whose prodigious output was publicised by Stalin as part of a 1935 campaign. (Wiktionary)