Pronunciation: (sō'vē-et", -it, sō"vē-et'),[key] —n. 1. (in the Soviet Union).
a. (before the revolution) any governmental council.
b. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
c. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
2. any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
3. (cap.) Often, Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge.
—adj. 1. of or pertaining to a soviet.
2. (cap.) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman.