- any of the various governing councils that performed executive and legislative functions in the Soviet Union: in structure the soviets formed a pyramid, with the village and town soviets as its base and the Supreme Soviet as its apex
- any similar council in a socialist governing system
- [S-] [pl.] the government officials or the people of the Soviet Union, Russia, or Uzbekistan
Origin of sovietRussian sovet, council, advice
- of a soviet or soviets or government by soviets
- [S-] of or connected with the Soviet Union
- One of the popularly elected legislative assemblies that were created after the Russian Revolution (1917) and existed at local, regional, and national levels in the former Soviet Union.
- Soviet A native or inhabitant of the former Soviet Union.
- Of or relating to a soviet.
- often Soviet Of or relating to the former Soviet Union.
Origin of sovietRussian sovet council, soviet from Old Russian sŭvětŭ ; see ksun in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more soviet, superlative most soviet)
- Pertaining to or resembling a soviet (council).
- Relating to the ideology, culture or politics of the Soviet Union.
From Russian ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ (sovet, “council"), from Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic ÑÑŠÐ²Ñ£Ñ‚ÑŠ (sÅvÄ›tÅ, “advice"). Compounded from ÑÐ¾- (so-) + Old Church Slavonic Ð²Ñ£Ñ‚ÑŠ (vÄ›tÅ, “agreement"), from Proto-Slavic *vÄ›tÑŠ (“council, talk"). Related words include Ð½Ð°Ð²ÐµÑ‚, Ð¸Ð·Ð²ÐµÑ‚, Ð¾Ñ‚Ð²ÐµÑ‚, Ð¿Ñ€Ð¸Ð²ÐµÑ‚, Ð¾Ð±ÐµÑ‚, Ð²ÐµÑ‡Ðµ, Ð¾Ñ‚Ð²ÐµÑ‡Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ, Ð¾Ñ‚Ð²ÐµÑ‚Ð¸Ñ‚ÑŒ, Ð·Ð°Ð²ÐµÑ‰Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ, and ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‰Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒÑÑ. Probably cognate with Polish witaÄ‡ (“to welcome").
- (history) Any of the governing workers' councils in the Soviet Union.
- A citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
(comparative more Soviet, superlative most Soviet)
From Russian ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ (sovÃ©t), ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ (sovÃ©tskij)