- a member of a Serbian nationalist group that fought against the Turks in the early part of the 20th century and carried on guerrilla warfare during World War I and II.
Origin of Chetnik
1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian čȅtnīk guerrilla, equivalent to čȅt(a) troop (cognate with Old Russian cheta, Czech četa) + -nīk agent suffix (cf. -nik)
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- a Serbian nationalist belonging to a group that fought against the Turks before World War I and engaged in guerrilla warfare during both World Wars
- a member of a Serbian nationalist paramilitary group fighting to retain Serbian influence in the countries which formerly constituted Yugoslavia
from Serbian četnik, from četa troop
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Word Origin and History for chetnik
"member of a Balkan guerrilla force," 1904, from Serbian četnik, from četa "band, troop."
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