Definition: Soviet

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Russian сове́т (sovét, “council”), from Old Russian borrowed from Old Church Slavonic съвѣтъ (sŭvětŭ, “advice”). Compounded from съ- (sŭ-) + вѣтъ (větŭ, “agreement”), from Proto-Slavic *větъ (“council, talk”).


soviet (plural soviets)

  1. A form of governing council in the former Soviet Union.
  2. The main form of communist government at all levels in the Soviet Union imposed in the bolshevik October Revolution in the former imperial Russia.

Related terms

  • Soviet Republic
  • Supreme Soviet


soviet (comparative more soviet, superlative most soviet)

  1. Pertaining to or resembling a soviet (council).


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