The bicameral legislature of the former Soviet Union, with members elected in one house from the population at large and in the other from the constituent national republics.
The legislative body of the Soviet Union: it consisted of two equal chambers, the Soviet of the Union (whose members were elected on the basis of population) and the Soviet of Nationalities (whose members were elected by the various nationality groups)
Origin of supreme-soviet
- Translation of Russian Verkhovnyĭ Sovet
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Macaronic translation of Ð’ÐµÑ€Ñ…Ð¾Ð²Ð½Ñ‹Ð¹ Ð¡Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑ‚ (Verxovnyj Sovet, “Supreme Council")