ataman

[ at-uh-muh n ]
/ ˈæt ə mən /

noun, plural at·a·mans.

the elected chief of a Cossack village or military force.

Origin of ataman

1825–35; < Russian atamán, Old Russian vatamanŭ, probably alteration of a Turkic word with the personal suffix -man; identity of initial element disputed
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ataman
/ (ˈætəmən) /

noun plural -mans

an elected leader of the Cossacks; hetman

Word Origin for ataman

from Russian, from Polish hetman, from German Hauptmann (literally: head man)
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