Definitions

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

  • Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich 1890-1986. Soviet politician who was head of the Council of People's Commissars (1930-1941) and foreign minister (1939-1949 and 1953-1956).

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  • proper n. A Russian surname of patronymic origin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a city in the European part of Soviet Russia.

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

  • n. a city in the European part of Russia
  • n. Soviet statesman (1890-1986)

Etymologies

From Russian Молотов (Molotov); literally 'son of (a man called) hammer' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Can someone produce a clear citation showing the use of the term Molotov cocktail during the Spanish Civil War?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 2

  • Ghosts of cocktail’s more dispiriting side are still alive when the word is used to refer to toxic or deadly mixtures, as in the phrases chemotherapy cocktail or Molotov cocktail, named for an aggressive Soviet foreign minister né Skryabin, who adopted the moniker Molotov, from the Russian molot, or “big hammer.”

    The English Is Coming!

  • Invoke the notion of pedigree, however, and Molotov is home free.

    Theater review: 'Blood Sweat & Fears III: The Red Velvet Curtain'

  • You and I cannot predict what the Stalin - Molotov-Vishinsky gang of 14 in charge of the Kremlin and the destiny of Russia, may do to blunder us into war-but one thing seems crystal clear to me-and that is

    The Threat to World Freedom

  • (registered in Molotov's secretariat on 6 May 1948), AVP RF, f. 0116, op.

    The Nobel Peace Prize: Revelations from the Soviet Past

  • The LNG terminal therefore, is in direct competition with what Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorsky has called the Molotov-Ribbentrop pipeline.

    The Russo-German Energy Pincer

  • You're looking at incredible surveillance video of a man throwing what's called a Molotov cocktail inside a convenience store.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2010

  • It was called the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact (they were Russian and German ministers.)  So our family found ourselves in the part under Russian occupation.

    Reindeer Nights

  • Someone targeted them with what police call a Molotov cocktail on steroids.

    CNN Transcript Aug 4, 2008

  • Ashraf Ali, aged 20, was sentenced to 18 months youth detention after water leakage engineers working in Charles Street, The Mounts found six petrol bombs – often known as Molotov cocktails – under a fire hydrant cover.

    Slip End - Village of the Damned

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