du·​ma ˈdü-mə How to pronounce duma (audio)
: a representative council in Russia
especially, often capitalized : the principal legislative assembly in Russia from 1906 to 1917 and since 1993

Word History


Russian, from Old Russian, council, thought, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English dōm judgment — more at doom

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of duma was in 1870

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“Duma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duma. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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