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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The intelligence and internal security agency of the former Soviet Union.

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  • proper noun the former Soviet State Security Committee.
  • initialism electronics Known good board.

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  • noun formerly the predominant security police organization of Soviet Russia

Etymologies

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

[Russian, from K(omitet) G(osudarstvennoĭ) B(ezopasnosti) : komitet, committee + gosudarstvennoĭ : genitive of gosudarstvennyĭ, of the state + bezopasnosti, genitive of bezopasnost', security.]

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From Russian КГБ, through phonetic spelling of Комитет государственной безопасности (Komitét gosudárstvennoj bezopásnosti, "State Security Committee") and acronymization.

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