from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeyevich Born 1931. Soviet politician who was general secretary of the Communist party from 1985 to 1991 and president of the USSR from 1989 to 1991, ushering in an era of unprecedented glasnost and perestroika. He won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • proper n. A Russian surname

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  • n. Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)


From Russian Горбачёв, from горбач (gorbáč) m. - hunchback. (Wiktionary)



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