hetman

[ het-muh n ]
/ ˈhɛt mən /

noun, plural het·mans.

the title assumed by the chief of Ukrainian Cossacks of the Dnieper River region, with headquarters at Zaporozhe.

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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hetman

/ (ˈhɛtmən) /

noun plural -mans

another word for ataman

Word Origin for hetman

C18: from Polish, from German Hauptmann headman
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