noun \ˈsō-vē-ˌet, ˈsä-, -vē-ət\

: an elected council in the former U.S.S.R.

Soviets : the people and especially the political and military leaders of the former U.S.S.R.

Full Definition of SOVIET

:  an elected governmental council in a Communist country
plural capitalized
a :  bolsheviks
b :  the people and especially the political and military leaders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
soviet adjective often capitalized
so·vi·et·ism \-vē-ə-ˌti-zəm\ noun often capitalized

Examples of SOVIET

  1. disputes between Americans and Soviets
  2. The plan was opposed by the Soviets.

Origin of SOVIET

Russian sovet council, soviet
First Known Use: 1917


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Council that constituted the primary unit of government in the Soviet Union. The first soviet was formed in St. Petersburg during the Russian Revolution of 1905 to coordinate revolutionary activities, but it was suppressed. Socialist leaders formed the second soviet shortly before the abdication of Nicholas II, with one deputy for every 1,000 workers and every military company. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks gradually gained a dominant position in soviets across the land. In 1918 a new constitution established soviets as the formal unit of local and regional government. The 1936 constitution created a directly elected bicameral Supreme Soviet, but the single candidate per district was chosen by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.


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