Oblast meaning

ôbləst, ôbläst
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An administrative territorial division within Russia and other former Soviet republics, including Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
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An administrative subdivision, or region, of a republic in the U.S.S.R.
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A region or province in Slavic or Slavic-influenced countries.
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Origin of oblast

  • Russian oblast' from Old Church Slavonic oblastĭ ob on epi in Indo-European roots vlastĭ power wal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a Slavic language, probably Russian область (óblast', “region, province"), borrowed from Old Church Slavonic область (oblast'), from Proto-Slavic *obolstÑŒ, from earlier Proto-Slavic *obvolstÑŒ, *obvoldtÑŒ, a compound of *o(b)- (“over") + *volstÑŒ (“rule, power, authority"), thus originally probably meaning "a region ruled over". Compare Proto-Slavic *obvoldati (“to rule").

    From Wiktionary