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

  • n. A Soviet collective farm.

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  • n. A farming collective in the former Soviet Union.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collective farm owned by the communist state, in the former USSR.

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

  • n. a collective farm owned by the communist state


Russian, from kol(lektivnoe) khoz(yaĭstvo) : kollektivnoe, neuter of kollektivnyĭ, collective + khozyaĭstvo, economy, household farm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian колхоз (kolxóz), contraction of коллективное хозяйство (kollektívnoje xozjájstvo, "collective farm, household"). (Wiktionary)


  • This became the reason for the fight, which took place in the office of Mr. Abdraimov, that time CEC chairman, which stated that he applied "kolkhoz" belt against Black Belt in karate of Mr. Nazaraliev.

    Ferghana.Ru news agency

  • It is a poorly kept secret that the collective farms of Stalin kolkhoz were in many places resurrections of the communalized feudal estates that had existed prior to the liberation of the serfs under Tsar Aleksandr II in 1861.

    The Russian Soul, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Quite a few of the kolkhoz collective farms of the Stalin period were simply reconstructions under state control of old feudal estates with their serfs.

    Communist Economic Policy: Stalinism or the Red Army?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Pavlik and his brother then became police informers and gave information about peasants who were concealing grain or were hostile to joining the collective farm (kolkhoz).

    In Stalin's Trap

  • In 1994, there were 297,000 households in 262 kolkhoz (collective farms), occupying 48.4% of the cultivated area, and 199,700 households in 393 sovkhoz (state farms), occupying 44.3% of cultivated area.

    Water profile of Tajikistan

  • Howard Miller in the United States in 1942; the other is Vera Mukhina's gigantic sculpture of the factory worker and kolkhoz girl, first displayed at the International Paris Exhibition of 1937.

    "Stop whining. It's unattractive."

  • Yuri Gorgoniev, tall, thin, boring, and lifeless, said that I had refused a year before to go to the kolkhoz and that even though from the point of view of production the department had no claim on me, my behavior called for condemnation from the Party organization of the department... THAT'S MY LANGUAGE: KEEP OUT!

  • In the field of agriculture the government now returned to a policy of socialization by pooling individual peasant farms in large concerns, such as the collective farms (kolkhoz) and the state farms (sovkhoz).

    1926, July-Oct

  • And now things are different, and the kolkhoz has forgotten us ... '

    Calling A Dead Man

  • Hunting for meat for the kolkhoz down the river ... '

    Calling A Dead Man


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  • ""Exactly," says Paloma triumphantly, "there is not enough regulation. Too many rail workers, not enough plumbers. Personally, I would prefer the kolkhoz.""
    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson, p 281 of the Europa Editions paperback

    September 28, 2012