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guberniya

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

From Russian gubérniya, probably derivative of gubernátor “governor” (from Polish, from Latin ), by analogy with imperátor “emperor,” impériya; “empire”; see governor, emperor, empire

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British Dictionary definitions for guberniya

guberniya
/ Russian (ɡuˈbjɛrnɪjə) /

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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