Definitions

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

  • n. 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 15th century.
  • n. The government of Russia and formerly that of the Soviet Union.
  • n. The citadel of a Russian city.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. citadel of a Russian town
  • n. 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 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 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

  • 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 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

  • Ladies and gentlemen, Caps Kremlin is pleased to present to you: the world's most annoying noisemaker, the vuvuzela.

    Global Voices in English » South Africa: To vuvuzela or not to vuvuzela?

  • But the Kremlin is still pressuring France over the terms of the agreement.

    France

  • In the letter, Luzhkov charged the Kremlin is suppressing dissent and leading the nation "to a situation where there is just one leader in the country whose words are written in granite, and who must be followed unquestioningly."

    Moscow's Fired Mayor Slams Door on Leaving City Hall

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