kol·​khoz käl-ˈkȯz How to pronounce kolkhoz (audio) -ˈkȯs How to pronounce kolkhoz (audio)
plural kolkhozy käl-ˈkȯ-zē How to pronounce kolkhoz (audio) or kolkhozes käl-ˈkȯ-zəz How to pronounce kolkhoz (audio)
: a collective farm of the former Soviet Union

Examples of kolkhoz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, tension grows along Ukraine's northern border After the war, Fedir and Maria lived on a kolkhoz, or Soviet collective farm. Sergii Mukaieliants, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 The kolkhoz, or collective farm, that once stood in the heart of Senkivka was abandoned, graffiti on its walls warning that the building was liable to collapse. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 Even lower was the number of herders interested in joining an artel or a kolkhoz. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Russian, from kollektivnoe khozyaĭstvo collective farm

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kolkhoz was in 1921

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“Kolkhoz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kolkhoz. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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