zemst·​vo ˈzem(p)st-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce zemstvo (audio)
plural zemstvos
: one of the district and provincial assemblies established in Russia in 1864

Word History


Russian; akin to Russian zemlya earth, land, Latin humus — more at humble

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zemstvo was in 1865

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“Zemstvo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zemstvo. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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