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[het-muh n] /ˈhɛt mən/
noun, plural hetmans.
the title assumed by the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks of the Dnieper River region, with headquarters at Zaporozhe.
Origin of hetman
1700-10; < Ukrainian hét'man < Polish hetman < an eastern dial. form of Middle High German houbetman leader, chief (German Hauptmann captain; compare German dial. (Silesia) Hettmann, Hötmann; see head, man1) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The douma invited the hetman to occupy the kremlin with his shoulders.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Once I was a hetman on the Zaporoska; now I'm a desert chief.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • I was a hetman among the Free Companions before I rode southward.

  • They say there was a whole band of them, and that this bearded man was their elder, the hetman.


    Maksim Gorky
  • At the bombardment of Bender he had become a Cossack hetman.

  • "I told you so; the way it was at Anna Deslions'," the hetman murmured proudly.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • Koukou drew, passed a four-spot to the hetman, gave himself a five.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • "Get along, the whole pack of you," howled the hetman of Jitomir.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • The hetman of Jitomir was sinking deeper and deeper into alcohol.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • Have you then heard nothing of what has been going on in the hetman's dominions?

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for hetman


noun (pl) -mans
another word for ataman
Word Origin
C18: from Polish, from German Hauptmann headman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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