laogai

noun
lao·gai | \ˈlau̇-ˈgī \
plural laogai

Definition of laogai 

: the penal system of China consisting of a network of labor camps also : such a labor camp

First Known Use of laogai

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laogai

Chinese (Beijing) láogǎi reform through labor, short for láodòng gǎizào, from láodòng work, labor + gǎizào transform, reform

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