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.
Other Word Forms of Soviet
Origin of Soviet
From Russian совет (sovet, “council"), from Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic съвѣтъ (sÅvÄ›tÅ, “advice"). Compounded from со- (so-) + Old Church Slavonic вѣтъ (vÄ›tÅ, “agreement"), from Proto-Slavic *vÄ›tÑŠ (“council, talk"). Related words include навет, извет, ответ, привет, обет, вече, отвечать, ответить, завещать, and совещаться. Probably cognate with Polish witać (“to welcome").
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 совет (sovét), советский (sovétskij)
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