noun, often capitalized gu·lag \ˈgü-ˌläg\

Definition of gulag

  1. :  the penal system of the U.S.S.R. consisting of a network of labor camps; also :  labor camp 1

Origin and Etymology of gulag

Russian, from Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'notrudovykh lagereĭ chief administration of corrective labor camps

First Known Use: 1974

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