noun \ˈla-ˈgī\
plural laogai

Definition of LAOGAI

:  the penal system of China consisting of a network of labor camps; also :  such a labor camp

Origin of LAOGAI

Chinese (Beijing) láogǎi reform through labor, short for láodòng gǎizào, from láodòng work, labor + gǎizào transform, reform
First Known Use: 1983


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