(in Russia or the Soviet Union) a peasants’ or workers’ cooperative; an association of workers or peasants for collective effort.
Historical Examples

If indeed the “artel” once showed mercy to the men who had broken their word, there would be an end to its existence.
The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The “artel” requires it, and, in case of disobedience, woe to the offender!
The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia Fyodor Dostoyevsky

(in the former Soviet Union) a cooperative union or organization, esp of producers, such as peasants
(in prerevolutionary Russia) a quasi-cooperative association of people engaged in the same activity


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