Origin of Cossack
Examples from the Web for cossacks
“Unlike Berkut and the Cossacks, the Russian military treated us with almost exaggerated respect and care,” Butko pointed out.
There also appeared to be a few Cossacks and Russian-speaking militia.
The Cossacks stood for freedom and individualism, and central Russia would do anything to keep them from spreading their ideals.
According to the politest version, the Cossacks replied: Thou Turkish Devil!
There are men referred to as Cossacks in Crimea; they carry whips to beat the rebel spirit out of the protestors.
The Cossacks returned and assured their chief that the execution was bona fide.The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
On one occasion my Cossacks caught two small foals which as yet had no experience of life and the dangers of the desert.From Pole to Pole|Sven Anders Hedin
Like the Cossacks they furnish bodies of cavalry to the Russian army.The Human Race|Louis Figuier
The other Cossacks talked about the nobility, and why there was a moon in the sky.The Mantle and Other Stories|Nicholas Gogol
The Cossacks are moved oftener than the peasants, as they are more directly subject to orders.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
British Dictionary definitions for cossacks
Word Origin for Cossack
Word Origin and History for cossacks
1590s, from Russian kozak, from Turkish kazak "adventurer, guerilla, nomad," from qaz "to wander." The same Turkic root is the source of the people-name Kazakh and the nation of Kazakhstan.
Culture definitions for cossacks
A people in southern Russia who became aggressive warriors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In place of taxes, they supplied the Russian Empire with scouts and mounted soldiers. The Cossacks are also famed for their dances, which feature fast-paced music and seemingly impossible leaps.