nomenklatura

[noh-muhn-klah-toor-uh]
noun, plural nomenklaturas.
a select list or class of people from which appointees for top-level government positions are drawn, especially from a Communist Party.

Origin:
1980–85; < Russian nomenklatúra literally, nomenclature

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nomenklatura (ˌnəʊmɛnkləˈtʃuːrə)
 
n
(formerly, in the USSR and E Europe) a list of individuals drawn up by the Communist Party from which were selected candidates for vacant senior positions in the state, party, and other important organizations
 
[C20: Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names]

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Example sentences
Reorganization has taken place, the names have changed, but the old nomenklatura remains on top.
The regional elite are the old and new nomenklatura.
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