ob·​last | \ ˈä-ˌblast How to pronounce oblast (audio) , ˈȯ-, -bləst How to pronounce oblast (audio) \
plural oblasts also oblasti\ ˈä-​ˌbla-​stē How to pronounce oblasti (audio) , ˈȯ-​ , -​blə-​ \

Definition of oblast

: a political subdivision of Imperial Russia or a republic of the U.S.S.R. or of the Russian Federation

Examples of oblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, the Donbas war is among the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with frequent attacks occurring from both sides across the oblasts (provinces) of Donetsk and Luhansk. Cynthia Buckley, Washington Post, "The war in Ukraine is more devastating than you know," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oblast

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oblast

Russian oblast'

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