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oblast Syllabification: o·blast
Pronunciation: /ˈôbləst/ /ˈäblast/

Definition of oblast in English:


An administrative division or region in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and in some of its former constituent republics.
Example sentences
  • In the 1990s, governors of oblasts (administrative units roughly comparable to states) and presidents of republics acquired significant political autonomy.
  • Ukraine has twenty-four administrative units - oblasts - almost all named for their capitals.
  • McLure tells us that the Siberian oblast of Tyumen, with 2 percent of Russia's people, yields 65 percent of Russia's oil.



Words that rhyme with oblast

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