- (formerly) a small administrative peasant division in Russia.
- a rural soviet.
Origin of volost
< Russian vólostʾ; Old Russian volostĭ region, state, authority, cognate with OCS vlastĭ sovereignty, power, authority, derivative of Slavic *vald- rule, cognate with Lithuanian valdýti, Gothic waldan, Old English wealdan to rule; cf. wield
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Examples from the Web for volost
The District (Volost) Zemstvo was to undertake the administration of local agriculture, education, order and safety.The Russian Turmoil
Anton Ivanovich Denikin
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.
- (in the former Soviet Union) a rural soviet
- (in tsarist Russia) a peasant community consisting of several villages or hamlets
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