ataman

[at-uh-muh n]
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noun, plural at·a·mans.

the elected chief of a Cossack village or military force.

Nearby words

  1. atactic,
  2. ataghan,
  3. atahualpa,
  4. atakapa,
  5. atalanta,
  6. atamasco lily,
  7. atar,
  8. ataractic,
  9. atarax,
  10. ataraxia

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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British Dictionary definitions for ataman

ataman

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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