Meaning of nomenklatura

no•men•kla•tu•ra

Pronunciation: (nō"mun-klä-toor'u), [key]
— pl. -ras.
  1. a select list or class of people from which appointees for top-level government positions are drawn, esp. from a Communist Party.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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