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[het-muh n]
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noun, plural het·mans.
  1. the title assumed by the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks of the Dnieper River region, with headquarters at Zaporozhe.
  2. ataman.
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Origin of hetman

1700–10; < Ukrainian hét'man < Polish hetman < an eastern dial. form of Middle High German houbetman leader, chief (German Hauptmann captain; compare German dial. (Silesia) Hettmann, Hötmann; see head, man1)
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Historical Examples

  • The douma invited the hetman to occupy the kremlin with his shoulders.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

  • Once I was a hetman on the Zaporoska; now I'm a desert chief.

    A Witch Shall Be Born

    Robert E. Howard

  • I was a hetman among the Free Companions before I rode southward.

  • They say there was a whole band of them, and that this bearded man was their elder, the hetman.


    Maksim Gorky

  • At the bombardment of Bender he had become a Cossack hetman.

British Dictionary definitions for hetman


noun plural -mans
  1. another word for ataman
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Word Origin

C18: from Polish, from German Hauptmann headman
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