noun ob·last \ˈä-ˌblast, ˈ-, -bləst\
plural oblasts also ob·las·ti \-ˌblas-tē, -bləs-\

Definition of OBLAST

:  a political subdivision of Imperial Russia or a republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or of the Russian Federation

Origin of OBLAST

Russian oblast'
First Known Use: circa 1886


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