oblast

[ob-last, -lahst; Russian aw-bluh st]
noun, plural o·blasts, Russian o·bla·sti [aw-bluh-styee] /ˈɔ blə styi/.
  1. (in Russia and the Soviet Union) an administrative division corresponding to an autonomous province.
  2. region; province.

Origin of oblast

1885–90; < Russian óblast', Old Russian oblastĭ, equivalent to ob- against, on + vlastĭ authority, power; see volost
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British Dictionary definitions for oblast

oblast

noun
  1. an administrative division of the constituent republics of Russia
  2. an administrative and territorial division in some republics of the former Soviet Union

Word Origin for oblast

from Russian, from Old Slavonic, vlast government
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