Perestroika Definition

The policy of restructuring and reforming the economic, political, and social systems of the U.S.S.R. promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev beginning in the mid 1980s.
Webster's New World
A program of political and economic reform carried out in the Soviet Union in the 1980s under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Origin of Perestroika

  • Russian perestroĭka pere- around, again (from Old Russian per1 in Indo-European roots) stroĭka construction (from stroit’ to build) (from Old Russian stroiti) (from strojĭ order ster-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian перестройка (perestrójka, “restructuring")

    From Wiktionary

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