from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the popularly elected legislative assemblies that existed at local, regional, and national levels in the former Soviet Union.
- n. A native or inhabitant of the former Soviet Union.
- adj. Of or relating to the former Soviet Union.
- adj. Of or relating to a soviet.
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- n. A form of governing council in the former Soviet Union.
- n. The main form of communist government at all levels in the Soviet Union imposed in the bolshevik October Revolution in the former imperial Russia.
- adj. Pertaining to or resembling a soviet (council).
- adj. Relating to the ideology, culture or politics of the Soviet Union.
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- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the former Soviet Union or its people
- n. an elected governmental council in a communist country (especially one that is a member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
Russian sovet, council, soviet, from Old Russian sŭvětŭ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian совет 'council', from Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic съвѣтъ ("advice"). Compounded from со- + Old Church Slavonic вѣтъ ("agreement"), from Proto-Slavic *větъ (“council, talk”). Related words include навет, извет, ответ, привет, обет, вече, отвечать, ответить, завещать, and совещаться. Probably cognate with Polish witać ("to welcome"). (Wiktionary)