soviet

noun
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 Soviet Union

Soviet

adjective

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

Other Words from soviet

Noun

sovietism \ ˈsō-​vē-​ə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce Soviet (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, 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

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First Known Use of soviet

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soviet

Noun

Russian sovet council, soviet

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“Soviet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soviet. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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