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oblast

[ob-last, -lahst; Russian aw-bluh st] /ˈɒb læst, -lɑst; Russian ˈɔ bləst/
noun, plural oblasts Russian, oblasti
[aw-bluh-styee] /ˈɔ blə styi/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in Russia and the Soviet Union) an administrative division corresponding to an autonomous province.
2.
region; province.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Russian óblast', Old Russian oblastĭ, equivalent to ob- against, on + vlastĭ authority, power; see volost
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  • The oblast courts also may handle cases in rural areas where no local courts are organized.
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oblast

/ˈɒblɑːst/
noun
1.
an administrative division of the constituent republics of Russia
2.
an administrative and territorial division in some republics of the former Soviet Union
Word Origin
from Russian, from Old Slavonic, vlast government
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