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Chetnik

[ chet-neek, chet-nik ]

noun

  1. 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.


Chetnik

/ ˈtʃɛtnɪk; tʃɛtˈniːk /

noun

  1. 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
  2. a member of a Serbian nationalist paramilitary group fighting to retain Serbian influence in the countries which formerly constituted Yugoslavia


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Chetnik1

1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian čȅtnīk guerrilla, equivalent to čȅt ( a ) troop (cognate with Old Russian cheta, Czech četa ) + -nīk agent suffix ( -nik )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Chetnik1

from Serbian četnik, from četa troop

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