An oblast is a teep o admeenistrative diveesion in certain Slavic kintras, includin some kintras o the umwhile Soviet Union. The wird "oblast" is a loanwird in Inglis, but it is naetheless aften owerset as "area", "zone", "province", or "region". The lest owersettin mey lead tae confusion, acause the subdiveesion o "oblast" is cried "raion" that itsel is owerset as "region" or "destrict", dependin on the context.
Oblasts is a teep o admeenistrative diveesion o Belaroushie, Bulgarie, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Roushie, Ukraine, an the umwhile Soviet Union an the Socialist Federal Republic o Yugoslavie. Offeecial terms in successor states o the Soviet Union differ, but some still uise a cognate o the Roushie term, e.g. voblast (voblasts, voblasts' , [ˈvobɫasʲtsʲ]) is uised for Regions o Belaroushie, an oblys (plural: oblystar) for provinces o Kazakhstan.
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Entry on "oblast"