guberniya

guberniya

[goo-ber-nee-uh; Russian goo-byer-nyi-yuh]
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)
 
n
1.  a territorial division of imperial Russia
2.  a territorial and administrative subdivision in the former Soviet Union
 
[from Russian: government, ultimately from Latin gubernāre to govern]

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