An inmate of a Soviet labor camp.
Origin of zekRussian from abbr. for zaklyuchënnyĭ prisoner from past passive participle of zaklyuchat' to imprison from klyuch key from Old Church Slavonic ključĭ
- A prisoner at a Russian prison, especially (historical) at a Soviet labour camp. [from 20th c.]
From Russian Ð·ÑÐº (zÃ¨k), probably representing a pronunciation of Ð·/Ðº (z/k), Soviet abbreviation of Ð·Ð°ÐºÐ»ÑŽÑ‡Ñ‘Ð½Ð½Ñ‹Ð¹ (zakljuÄÃ«nnyj, “prisoner").