laogai

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noun lao·gai \ˈlau̇-ˈgī\

Definition of laogai

plural

laogai

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

Origin and Etymology of laogai

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


First Known Use: 1983


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