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n. A region or province in Slavic or Slavic-influenced countries.


An oblast is a type of administrative division of Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, and the now-defunct Soviet Union and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The term is analogous to " state" or " province".

Official terms in successor states of the Soviet Union differ, but some still use a cognate of the Russian term, e.g. voblast'' (voblasts'', voblasts, ) is used for regions of Belarus, and oblys (plural: oblystar) for regions of Kazakhstan.

The word "oblast" is a loanword in English, but it is, nevertheless, often translated as " area", "zone", " province", or "region". The last translation may lead to confusion, because " raion" may be used for other kinds of administrative subdivision, which may be translated as "region" or " district", depending on the context.

Usage examples of "oblast".

Samara Oblast - or any of the plants where artillery shells are manufactured.

Her father, who had once risen to the position of first secretary of the party organisation of the Moscow Oblast region, and had thus been a member of the Party Central Committee.

Reports from the main agricultural oblasts were coming in to Central Records.

And if radical Islamic countries like Albania try to export their brand of murder, terrorism, and intimidation on the smaller, weaker oblasts in the Balkans, it is in our interests to resist those attempts by any means necessary.