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ataman

[at-uh-muh n]
noun, plural at·a·mans.
  1. the elected chief of a Cossack village or military force.
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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

noun plural -mans
  1. an elected leader of the Cossacks; hetman
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Word Origin

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