guberniya

[goo-ber-nee-uh; Russian goo-byer-nyi-yuh]

noun

(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.

Nearby words

  1. gubbins,
  2. gubernaculum,
  3. gubernaculum dentis,
  4. gubernaculum testis,
  5. gubernatorial,
  6. guck,
  7. guddle,
  8. gude,
  9. gudea,
  10. gudgeon

Origin of guberniya

< Russian gubérniya, probably derivative of gubernátor governor (< Polish < L), by analogy with imperátor emperor, impériya empire

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British Dictionary definitions for guberniya

guberniya

noun

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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