The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a term borrowed from Polish (szlachectwo) and used in 18th-century Russia to designate the nobility. The adjectival derivatives are shliakhetnyi and shliakhetskii.
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