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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Founded in the 1980s, Hamas has always been fractious, split between the rough men of Qassam and the more pragmatic politburo. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 An alternate to the ruling party’s powerful politburo since October last year, she is believed to be in charge of maintaining her brother’s public image and cult of personality. Washington Post, "Kim Jong Un turns to his wife and sister to soften his image," 18 Apr. 2018 Putin's popularity The election that will ordain Putin is a relatively new innovation in the history of Russia, where dynasties, revolutions and politburos traditionally ensconced the leader. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Putin, an election win will be easy. The next six years, a lot harder.," 16 Mar. 2018 The result gives Corbynites a cast-iron majority on the NEC, an unwieldy politburo of 39 members comprising MPs, councillors, unionists and ordinary party members. The Economist, "Momentum gains momentumLabour’s left-wing tightens its grip on the party," 18 Jan. 2018 The hedge-fund firm’s politburo included about two dozen top employees who adjudicated disputes and helped enforce Bridgewater’s rules. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Bridgewater to Launch Big Investment Fund in China, Three Decades in the Making," 8 Sep. 2017 He was recently promoted to a full voting member of North Korea's politburo; its highest-level decision-making body. Will Ripley, CNN, "North Korea revives Guam threat ahead of US-South Korea drills," 13 Oct. 2017 An official in the Islamic militant group said Thursday that Saleh Arouri will be the deputy to politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh. Washington Post, "Hamas names mastermind of attacks on Israelis as deputy," 5 Oct. 2017 The committee holds its first meeting Wednesday morning, after which the new 25-member politburo and its Standing Committee – the apex of Chinese political power – will be announced. Christopher Bodeen, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's Xi Jinping solidifies status as most powerful leader in decades," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of politburo

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

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