so·vi·et (sōvē-ĕt′, -ĭt, sŏvē-, sō′vē-ĕt)
1. One of the popularly elected legislative assemblies that were created after the Russian Revolution (1917) and existed at local, regional, and national levels in the former Soviet Union.
2. Soviet A native or inhabitant of the former Soviet Union.
1. Of or relating to a soviet.
2. often Soviet Of or relating to the former Soviet Union.
[Russian sovet, council, soviet, from Old Russian sŭvětŭ; see ksun in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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