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volost

[voh-luh st] /ˈvoʊ ləst/
noun
1.
(formerly) a small administrative peasant division in Russia.
2.
a rural soviet.
Origin
< Russian vólostʾ; Old Russian volostĭ region, state, authority, cognate with OCS vlastĭ sovereignty, power, authority, derivative of Slavic *vald- rule, cognate with Lithuanian valdýti, Gothic waldan, Old English wealdan to rule; cf. wield
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British Dictionary definitions for volost

volost

/ˈvəʊlɒst/
noun
1.
(in the former Soviet Union) a rural soviet
2.
(in tsarist Russia) a peasant community consisting of several villages or hamlets
Word Origin
from Russian
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