krem·​lin ˈkrem-lən How to pronounce kremlin (audio)
: the citadel of a Russian city
capitalized [the Kremlin, citadel of Moscow and seat of government of Russia and formerly of the Soviet Union] : the Russian government

Examples of kremlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main attraction in Pskov, population 200,000, is not the train station, but its kremlin, or krom. Joe Grimm, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2017 The highlights of the city are the religious buildings inside the ancient white walls of its 16th century kremlin, or citadel, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, 22 June 2017 The kremlin is just a short walk away from the lively Bauman Street, which is filled with tourists and students along its many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and souvenir shops. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, 22 June 2017

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Word History


obsolete German Kremelien the citadel of Moscow, ultimately from Old Russian kremlĭ

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kremlin was in 1662

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“Kremlin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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