Definition of Commonwealth of Independent States in English:

Commonwealth of Independent States

(also CIS)

proper noun

  • A confederation of independent states that were formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union, established in 1991. Member states are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan and Ukraine are associate members.

Pronunciation:

Commonwealth of Independent States

/ˌkämənˌwelTH əv indəˌpendənt ˈstāts/