Is it possible to get a dataset of administrative boundaries available in OSM?

I am relatively new to OSM and understand that you can access administrative regions by their name; for example, this overpass query

way(area.a)["highway"]; node (w); out body;

gets all nodes on highways in Gaithersburg, MD. Under the hood, I assume there is some kind of key-value store that maps words (e.g. Gaithersburg) to their respective areas.
My question is, is it possible to access a list/dataset of all administrative boundaries in an area, such that an application user could select one from a menu and seamlessly query inside that boundary?

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