Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The lower house of the Russian parliament.
  • noun A Russian national parliament during czarist times.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Russia, a council; an official assembly; specifically, an elective legislative assembly or council in Russia, established by ukase of Nicholas II. in 1905.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a legislative body in the ruling assembly of Russia and of some other republics in the former USSR

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Russian, thought, council, assembly, of Germanic origin; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Russia's first elected Parliament: "_La Duma est morte; vive la Duma_!

    Mr. Punch's History of the Great War

  • When Russians talk of their politicians, they frequently speak of "thieves," "bandits," and "swindlers" — and not hyperbolically: the presence of criminals in the Duma is a well-publicized fact.

    Russia Is Finished

  • When Russians talk of their politicians, they frequently speak of "thieves," "bandits," and "swindlers" — and not hyperbolically: the presence of criminals in the Duma is a well-publicized fact.

    Russia Is Finished

  • The plot suddenly seems to strain, more blood is thrown at the reader, and at least once, a cosmic turtle appears (not in Duma Key; that was another book).

    REVIEW: Duma Key by Stephen King

  • Surkov, who handles political operations and relations with the Duma, is half Chechen but second to none in his hard line on Chechnya issues.

    The Accidental Autocrat

  • Surkov, who handles political operations and relations with the Duma, is half Chechen but second to none in his hard line on Chechnya issues.

    The Accidental Autocrat

  • MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – The State Duma is expected to back a request to recognize the independence of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at a session of the country’s lower house of parliament on Monday.

    one, two, many kosovos

  • MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – The State Duma is expected to back a request to recognize the independence of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at a session of the country’s lower house of parliament on Monday.

    25 « August « 2008 « Niqnaq

  • After returning from a Namibian wildlife sanctuary several years ago, I insisted on showing my parents a film called "Duma," a beautiful story about a young boy and his pet cheetah.

    Millie Kerr: Child vs. Dog: One Couple's Canine Obsession

  • After returning from a Namibian wildlife sanctuary several years ago, I insisted on showing my parents a film called "Duma," a beautiful story about a young boy and his pet cheetah.

    Millie Kerr: Child vs. Dog: One Couple's Canine Obsession

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