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volost

[ voh-luhst ]
/ ˈvoʊ ləst /
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noun
(formerly) a small administrative peasant division in Russia.
a rural soviet.
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Origin of volost

From Russian vólostʾ; Old Russian volostĭ “region, state, authority,” cognate with Old Church Slavonic vlastĭ “sovereignty, power, authority,” derivative of unattested Slavic vald- “rule,” cognate with Lithuanian valdýti, Gothic waldan, Old English wealdan “to rule”; cf. wield
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How to use volost in a sentence

  • They were judged by elected courts, that is juries, either in the mir court or in that of the volost (district).

    The Story of Russia|R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • The District (Volost) Zemstvo was to undertake the administration of local agriculture, education, order and safety.

    The Russian Turmoil|Anton Ivanovich Denikin

British Dictionary definitions for volost

volost
/ (ˈvəʊlɒst) /

noun
(in the former Soviet Union) a rural soviet
(in tsarist Russia) a peasant community consisting of several villages or hamlets

Word Origin for volost

from Russian
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