Origin of soviet
- Russian sovet council, soviet from Old Russian sŭvětŭ ksun in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").
- From Russian ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ (sovÃ©t), ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ (sovÃ©tskij)