[ goo-ber-nee-uh; Russian goo-byer-nyi-yuh ]
/ guˈbɛr ni ə; Russian guˈbyɛr nyɪ yə /


(in the Soviet Union) an administrative division of the volosts, smaller than a district.
(in Russia before 1917) an administrative division equivalent to the province.

Origin of guberniya

< Russian gubérniya, probably derivative of gubernátor governor (< Polish < L), by analogy with imperátor emperor, impériya empire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for guberniya

/ Russian (ɡuˈbjɛrnɪjə) /


a territorial division of imperial Russia
a territorial and administrative subdivision in the former Soviet Union

Word Origin for guberniya

from Russian: government, ultimately from Latin gubernāre to govern
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