Potemkin Village Definition
Other Word Forms of Potemkin Village
Origin of Potemkin Village
Purportedly named for fake settlements erected at the direction of Russian minister Grigori Alexsandrovich Potemkin to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787.
After Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin who is said to have had elaborate fake villages constructed for Catherine the Great's tours of Ukraine and Crimea
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition