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guberniya

[goo-ber-nee-uh; Russian goo-byer-nyi-yuh] /guˈbɛr ni ə; Russian guˈbyɛr nyɪ yə/
noun
1.
(in the Soviet Union) an administrative division of the volosts, smaller than a district.
2.
(in Russia before 1917) an administrative division equivalent to the province.
Origin
< Russian gubérniya, probably derivative of gubernátor governor (< Polish < L), by analogy with imperátor emperor, impériya empire
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guberniya

/ɡuˈbjɛrnɪjə/
noun
1.
a territorial division of imperial Russia
2.
a territorial and administrative subdivision in the former Soviet Union
Word Origin
from Russian: government, ultimately from Latin gubernāre to govern
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