Nomenklatura definitions

nō'mən-klä-to͝or'ə, nô'myĕn-klä-to͝or'ä
The ruling, bureaucratic elite of the former Soviet Union, made up of members of the Communist Party who were chosen by the party to hold positions of leadership and privilege in government and industry.
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Any similar ruling elite.
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The privileged set of people appointed by patronage to senior positions in the bureaucracy of the Soviet Union and some other Communist states.
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(now historical) A list of bureaucratic posts in government and industry in the former Soviet Union (other communist countries), filled by those appointed by the Party. [from 20th c.]
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The people on such lists; by extension, any privileged class, a social or political elite. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of nomenklatura

From Russian номенклатура (nomenklatúra), from Latin nōmenclātÅ«ra (“a calling by name, list of names"), from nomen (“name") + calare (“call").