Autonomous Oblast

  1. Noun.  (misspelling of, nodot yes) used because the phrase is capitalized when found in specific placenames, such as the Jewish Autonomous Oblast or the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast.
  2. Noun.  One of the administrative divisions of former Soviet Union created for certain “smaller” nations and characterized by following features: they were given an autonomy within a union republic or, in the RSFSR, within a krai; had a status lower than an autonomous republic; had a different titulary nation from that of their union republic/krai. Abbreviated as AO.

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