- the citadel of Moscow, in which some government offices of the Soviet Union were located: it now contains some offices of the Russian government
- the government of the Soviet Union or, now, Russia
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of kremlin
- Obsolete German Kremelin from Old Russian kremlĭnŭ separate from kremlĭ a separate place, citadel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Ultimately from Old East Slavic кремль (kremlĭ).
- Special use of kremlin.