so·​vi·​et | \ ˈsō-vē-ˌet How to pronounce soviet (audio) , ˈsä-, -vē-ət \

Definition of soviet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an elected governmental council in a Communist country
2 Soviets plural
b : the people and especially the political and military leaders of the U.S.S.R.



Definition of Soviet (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Soviet Union or its people Soviet history/policy a Soviet spy Soviet dissidents

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Other Words from soviet


sovietism \ ˈsō-​vē-​ə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce sovietism (audio) , ˈsä-​ \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of soviet in a Sentence

Noun disputes between Americans and Soviets The plan was opposed by the Soviets.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Obviously if the Democratic presidential candidate were to suddenly start calling for dissolving Congress in favor of decentralized rule by workers’ soviets, that would probably hurt them. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “do what you want” theory of politics," 18 July 2018 This cultural tendency produced little soviets in the factories and barracks, which came together in a big Soviet in Petrograd; and suddenly The People, stomped-down for centuries, emerged as a living entity. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of soviet


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soviet


Russian sovet council, soviet

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“Soviet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soviet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an elected council in the former U.S.S.R.
chiefly US : the people and especially the political and military leaders of the former U.S.S.R.



English Language Learners Definition of Soviet (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the former U.S.S.R. or its people

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