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so·​vi·​et ˈsō-vē-ˌet How to pronounce soviet (audio)
: an elected governmental council in a Communist country
Soviets plural
: the people and especially the political and military leaders of the Soviet Union
sovietism noun often capitalized


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

Examples of soviet in a Sentence

Noun disputes between Americans and Soviets The plan was opposed by the Soviets.
Recent Examples on the Web
Only in the latter half of its 44-year run fighting Soviets and protecting popes has the G-class served as a glorified Rodeo Drive shopping cart. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 16 Aug. 2023 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, 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, 29 Sep. 2017
To their free-marketeer eyes, the Global Plan was too close to Soviet planning for comfort. Yanis Varoufakis, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 The Russian army still broadly adheres to Soviet force-design. David Axe, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 In the wake of World War II, the alliance was designed to bolster security in Western Europe among countries worried about Soviet advances. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 That would include not only former Soviet republics but also Finland and Poland. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 That treaty paved the way for a Soviet invasion of Eastern Poland and the subsummation of the Baltic states into the Soviet Union. Noah Rothman, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 In the 1920s, the Soviet government began to drain the sea for irrigation of cotton and other cash crops. Victoria Milko, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 In 1945, during World War II, a Soviet submarine torpedoed the German ship MV Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea, killing 9,000, most of them war refugees; roughly 1,000 people survived. Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 The book traces the evolution of his attitudes toward the Soviet past. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



Russian sovet council, soviet

First Known Use


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soviet was in 1917

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“Soviet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


so·​vi·​et ˈsōv-ē-ˌet How to pronounce soviet (audio)
: an elected governing council in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
plural capitalized : the people and especially the political and military leaders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
soviet adjective often capitalized


from Russian sovet "council"

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