Definition of gulag
: the penal system of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 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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