Definition of velvet revolution in English:

velvet revolution

Pronunciation /ˈvelvət ˌrevəˈlo͞oSHən/ /ˈvɛlvət ˌrɛvəˈluʃən/

noun

  • A nonviolent political revolution, especially the relatively smooth change from Communism to a Western-style democracy in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989.

    ‘Privatization began after the velvet revolution in 1989, and most property owned privately before 1948 has been returned to the owners or their descendants.’
    • ‘I would very much like to think that every repressive country in the world could have its velvet revolution, and soon.’
    • ‘When Vaclav Havel began his velvet revolution in Prague, Tom, at great personal and professional risk, smuggled printing and publishing equipment into Czechoslovakia to aid the underground press there.’
    • ‘O'Neill has the time to effect his velvet revolution after the brusque, abrasive and confrontational approach of his predecessor.’
    • ‘By the end of the 1980s the Berlin Wall was down and the velvet revolutions in eastern Europe were under way.’

Origin

Translating Czech sametová revoluce.