WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
vo•lost  (vōləst),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World History(formerly) a small administrative peasant division in Russia.
  2. World Historya rural soviet.
  • Russian vólost’; Old Russian volostĭ region, state, authority, cognate with Old Church Slavonic vlastĭ sovereignty, power, authority, derivative of Slavic *vald- rule, cognate with Lithuanian valdýti, Gothic waldan, Old English wealdan to rule; compare wield

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