[ chet-neek, chet-nik ]
/ tʃɛtˈnik, ˈtʃɛt nɪk /
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for Chetnik
/ (ˈtʃɛtnɪk, tʃɛtˈniːk) /
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
Word Origin for Chetnik
from Serbian četnik, from četa troop
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