from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Russia, a voluntary association of workiugmen for any general or specific purpose.

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  • noun a Russian or Soviet craftsmen's collective


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Russian артель.


  • He expressed with great animation his views upon communal peasant ownership of land, and saw in the "artel" the future of social organization.

    Leo Tolstoy: Childhood and Early Manhood

  • Why are German victims only being asked to come up with $650 when the amount the record label c artel is demanding from US victims starts at $750?

    Big Music German rampage

  • Ossip, bore himself with humble obsequiousness, and continued to assume a guise of simplicity which none the less did not prevent him, on the advent of each Saturday, from inducing his employer to bestow a pourboire upon the artel.

    Through Russia

  • And, similarly, the younger members of the artel liked well enough to listen to his tales, but declined to take him seriously, and, in some cases, regarded him with ill-concealed, or openly expressed, distrust.

    Through Russia

  • And though this same Ossip was an artelui, and a director of the artel, his senior co-members bore him no affection, but, rather, looked upon him as a wag or trifler, and treated him as of no importance.

    Through Russia

  • An old artelshik, [member of an artel, an association of workmen, in which the members share profits and liabilities] whose answers were all in favour of acquittal, was the only exception.


  • Saturday, from inducing his employer to bestow a pourboire upon the artel.

    Through Russia

  • As a matter of fact, he himself was the worst shirker in the artel

    Through Russia

  • In the building trades, artels of from 10 to 200 members are formed; and the serious builders and railway contractors always prefer to deal with an artel than with separately-hired workers.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution

  • They hire rooms, hire a cook (very often the wife of one of them acts in this capacity), elect an elder, and take their meals in common, each one paying his share for food and lodging to the artel.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution


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  • "In Yakushkin's memoir, he spends pages explaining the "artel" system the prisoners devised whereby everybody, those receiving generous stipends from home as well as those receiving little, contributed to a common account to ensure that no prisoner ever had to be in need."

    Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, 276

    February 19, 2011