Definition of oblast in English:

oblast

noun

  • An administrative division or region in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and in some constituent republics of the former Soviet Union.

    • ‘In the 1990s, governors of oblasts (administrative units roughly comparable to states) and presidents of republics acquired significant political autonomy.’
    • ‘McLure tells us that the Siberian oblast of Tyumen, with 2 percent of Russia's people, yields 65 percent of Russia's oil.’
    • ‘The prison authorities in the oblast targeted the social harm that crime causes.’
    • ‘The WHO report on multidrug resistance only surveyed two oblasts in the Russian Federation, Ivanovo and Tomsk.’
    • ‘Ukraine has twenty-four administrative units - oblasts - almost all named for their capitals.’

Origin

Russian.

Pronunciation:

oblast

/ˈɒblast/