Cossack

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English[edit]

Cossacks (military).

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Etymology[edit]

1600, French cosaque, from Russian казак (kazák) and Ukrainian козак (kozák), from a Turkic word meaning “free man, wanderer”. Cognate with Kazakh.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔˈsæk/
  • Hyphenation: Cos‧sack

Noun[edit]

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Cossack (plural Cossacks)

  1. A member or descendant of an originally (semi-)nomadic population of Eastern Europe and the adjacent parts of Asia, that eventually settled in parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian tsarist Empire (where they constituted a legendary military caste) and the Soviet Union, particularly in areas now comprising southern Russia and Ukraine.
  2. A member of a military unit (typically cavalry, originally recruited exclusively from the above)

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