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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
in most countries, a person graduating from a secondary educational institution. In the late 1950’s the term acquired a different semantic meaning in the USSR: that of a person who applies for entrance to an educational institution.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.