iron curtain definition by Webster's New World
- a barrier of secrecy and censorship regarded as isolating the Soviet Union and other countries in its sphere: often with the
- a similar barrier to information in other regions
Origin: probably calque of German eiserner vorhang, as used by Joseph Goebbels: popularized by Sir Winston Churchill in a speech (1946)
iron curtain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- often Iron Curtain The military, political, and ideological barrier established between the Soviet bloc and western Europe from 1945 to 1990.
- A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information: “That department and the editorial department are separated by an almost impenetrable iron curtain” (Brendan Gill).
iron curtain - Cultural Definition
The former division between the communist nations of eastern Europe — the Eastern Bloc — and the noncommunist nations of western Europe. The term refers to the isolation that the Soviet Union imposed on its satellites in the Eastern Bloc and to the repressive measures of many Eastern Bloc governments. (See Berlin Wall (see also Berlin Wall) and cold war.)
- The expression Iron Curtain was coined by Winston Churchill, who was prime minister of Britain in World War II. Churchill first used the term soon after the war, when the Soviet Union was beginning to carry out its plans for postwar dominance of eastern Europe.