Zemstvo meaning

zĕmst'vō, zyĕm'stvə
An elective council responsible for the local administration of a provincial district in czarist Russia.
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A local administrative body in czarist Russia.
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A Russian districtual or provincial conciliary or elective local-governmental administrative division, founded in 1864 by Tsar Alexander the Liberator.
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Origin of zemstvo

  • Russian from Old Russian zemĭ land dhghem- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Russian земство (zémstvo), from земля (zemljá, “land", “country", “state").
    From Wiktionary