noun, often capitalized
gu·​lag | \ ˈgü-ˌläg How to pronounce gulag (audio) \

Definition of gulag

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

Examples of gulag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among them were Turkey’s president, who locks up thousands of Muslims for belonging to the wrong religious group, and Pakistan’s prime minister, who seems more upset by events in a classroom in France than in next-door China’s million-Muslim gulag. The Economist, "Voltaire’s heirs France is right to defend free speech," 5 Nov. 2020 After his 2006 mission to make a documentary about America turned his homeland into a global laughingstock, Borat was sentenced to a gulag. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's silly, scattershot 'Borat 2' takes aim at Trump, COVID," 21 Oct. 2020 Surely the Chinese government was not running a gulag for Muslims? The Economist, "The persecution of the Uyghurs is a crime against humanity," 17 Oct. 2020 The Uyghurs in the gulag, among others, could attest to this. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Curses of Venezuela, &c.," 27 Aug. 2020 For Miller’s circle, the rampage of Covid through prisons, the ICE gulag, and low-income neighborhoods, disproportionately affecting people of color, is not a bug but a feature. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 Contributing to that team stickiness is Warzone’s totally inspired gulag system. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Call of Duty's Warzone Hits the Battle Royale Sweet Spot," 11 Mar. 2020 There is a lot to protest in China: including the imprisonment of more than 1 million Uyghurs in a gulag. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 As the premiere opens, Carrie struggles to recover from months of isolation in a Russian gulag, where she was taken after a heroic effort to extract a witness last season. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Claire Danes takes Carrie Mathison on last 'Homeland' mission: 'She's kind of a superhero'," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gulag

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulag

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

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14 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gulag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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