- (in the Soviet Union).
- (before the revolution) any governmental council.
- (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
- (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
- any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
- (initial capital letter) Often Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge.
- of or relating to a soviet.
- (initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman.
Origin of soviet
- in favour of or supporting anything of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
- (in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
- (in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council
- of or relating to a soviet
Word Origin for soviet
- of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
1917, from Russian sovet "governing council," literally "council," from Old Russian suvetu "assembly," from su "with" (from *su(n)- "with, together," from PIE *ksun- "with") + vetu "counsel." The whole is a loan-translation of Greek symboulion "council of advisers." As an adjective from 1918.