po·​lit·​bu·​ro | \ ˈpä-lət-ˌbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce politburo (audio) , ˈpō-lət-, pə-ˈlit- How to pronounce politburo (audio) \

Definition of politburo

: the principal policy-making and executive committee of a Communist party

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Recent Examples on the Web The outbreak has been tentatively contained but hasn’t reached a turning point yet, according to China Central Television, which cited a politburo meeting. Bloomberg.com, "Iran Cases Raise Concern; Air Conference Canceled: Virus Update," 20 Feb. 2020 The day started off with a video chat between Musk and Li Qiang, a powerful Chinese Communist Party politburo member, whose main job is party secretary for Shanghai, China’s biggest city, where Tesla’s new China factory sits. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Musk outburst over ‘fascist’ coronavirus shutdown shows pressure to keep up growth," 30 Apr. 2020 He has not been seen since a politburo meeting on April 11, raising speculation about his condition. Time, "As Health Rumors Persist, Train Belonging to Kim Jong Un Seen at North Korean Leader's Private Holiday Compound," 25 Apr. 2020 Kim, emerging recently from a prolonged period out of the public spotlight to oversee a politburo meeting on the virus, said, according to state media. Washington Post, "North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster," 4 Mar. 2020 Sun Chunlan, the only woman in the party’s 25-member politburo, has also toured Wuhan in recent days. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Xi Jinping emerges to meet the people for the first time in China’s coronavirus outbreak," 10 Feb. 2020 There was a veneer of unity the night the Trump plan was announced, with Mr. Abbas and the head of Hamas’s politburo, Ismail Haniya, speaking by phone. New York Times, "Trump’s Mideast Plan Leaves Palestinians With Few Options," 29 Jan. 2020 But Fathi Hammad, a member of Hamas’ politburo, told demonstrators Friday that his movement will respond to the shooting. Washington Post, "Egyptian mediators arrive in Gaza to call for calm," 12 July 2019 Sing Tao, the pro-Beijing newspaper, noted that Lam made her decision after meeting Friday night with Han Zheng, a vice-premier, politburo member and the central government’s point man on Hong Kong. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "What's next for Hong Kong? Controversial extradition bill suspended, not scrapped," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of politburo

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politburo

Russian politbyuro, from politicheskoe byuro political bureau

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The first known use of politburo was in 1923

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18 May 2020

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“Politburo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politburo. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of politburo

: the main group of people in a Communist government who make decisions about policy

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