Siberia

[ sahy-beer-ee-uh ]
/ saɪˈbɪər i ə /

noun

Russian Sibirʾ. an extensive region in the Russian Federation in N Asia, extending from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific.
any undesirable or isolated locale, job, etc., to which one is assigned as punishment, a mark of disfavor, or the like.

Related forms

Si·be·ri·an, adjective, nountrans-Si·be·ri·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for siberia

Siberia

/ (saɪˈbɪərɪə) /

noun

a vast region of Russia and N Kazakhstan: extends from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific and from the Arctic Ocean to the borders with China and Mongolia; colonized after the building of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Area: 13 807 037 sq km (5 330 896 sq miles)
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Culture definitions for siberia

Siberia


Region of Russia stretching from north-central to northeastern Asia.

Note

Known for its vast space, long and severely cold winters, and few inhabitants widely scattered in small settlements, Siberia has been for many centuries a place of political and criminal exile for Russians who anger the government's authorities.

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As a consequence of Siberia's harsh conditions and its historical function as a place of punishment, to be “sent to Siberia” has become a metaphor for demotion, disgrace, or other forms of status diminution.
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