[goo-ber-nee-uh; Russian goo-byer-nyi-yuh]
(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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012