Definitions

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

  • noun The citadel of Moscow, housing the offices of the Russian government and formerly those of the Soviet government. The outer walls of the compound date to the 1400s.
  • noun The government of Russia and formerly that of the Soviet Union.
  • noun The citadel of a Russian city.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Russia, the citadel of a town or city; specifically [capitalized], the citadel of Moscow, including within its walls the imperial palace and arsenal, churches, monasteries, and other imposing buildings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Russia The citadel of a town or city; especially, the citadel of Moscow, a large inclosure which contains imperial palaces, cathedrals, churches, an arsenal, etc.
  • noun metonymical The government of Russia (or, 1920-1992, of the Soviet Union).

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  • proper noun The Moscow Kremlin official residence of the president of Russia.
  • proper noun by extension The Russian or Soviet government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun citadel of a Russian town
  • noun citadel of Moscow, housing the offices of the Russian government

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete German Kremelin, from Old Russian *kremlĭnŭ, separate, from kremlĭ, a separate place, citadel.]

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Special use of kremlin.

Examples

  • DMITRY PESKOV, KREMLIN SPOKESMAN: We don't think that there is a need for commenting on these allegations against Kremlin, because this is nothing but nonsense.

    CNN Transcript Nov 22, 2006

  • Thailand's Ruling Party Backs Thaksin Relative for Prime Minister Natalia Kolesnikova/Agence France-Press -- Getty Images KREMLIN MEETING: Business leaders attended a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday in the Kremlin in Moscow.

    Today's WSJ in Photos: Sept. 15, 2008

  • ‡ The term Kremlin was also used figuratively to mean the former Soviet government.

    Kremlin

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance before the parliamentary election when he formed a liberal party with the Kremlin's tacit support but abandoned it under what he described as Kremlin pressure.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance before the parliamentary election when he formed a liberal political party with the Kremlin's tacit support but abandoned it under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance in the parliamentary race when he formed a liberal party under tacit support of the Kremlin, then abandoned the project under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance in the parliamentary race, when he formed a liberal party under tacit support of the Kremlin, then abandoned the project under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance in the parliamentary race when he formed a liberal party under tacit support of the Kremlin, then abandoned the project under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance in the parliamentary race when he formed a liberal party under tacit support of the Kremlin, then abandoned the project under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    SI.com

  • Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance before the parliamentary election when he formed a liberal political party with the Kremlin's tacit support but abandoned it under what he called Kremlin pressure.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

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