po·​lit·​bu·​ro ˈpä-lət-ˌbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce politburo (audio)
pə-ˈlit- How to pronounce politburo (audio)
: the principal policymaking and executive committee of a Communist party

Examples of politburo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On November 1, the Hamas politburo member Ghazi Hamad said that Hamas will repeat such attacks until Israel is annihilated. Assaf Orion, Foreign Affairs, 3 Nov. 2023 Just over a month before the surprise attack, the deputy head of the Hamas politburo, Saleh Al-Arouri and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad chief Ziad al-Nakhalah were pictured in Beirut alongside Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 9 Oct. 2023 In a statement put out on state-run media, the North Korean politburo railed against the U.S. government’s recent sanctions against it and said its missile tests were an exercise of sovereignty. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 By the time the Offspring got started, magazines like Flipside and Maximum Rock’n’roll had begun to form a politburo of what was and wasn’t punk. Chris Norris, SPIN, 4 Sep. 2022 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2020 He has not been seen since a politburo meeting on April 11, raising speculation about his condition. Time, 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, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Russian politbjuró, short for politíčeskoe bjuró "political bureau"

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of politburo was in 1923

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“Politburo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politburo. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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