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Cossacks (military).

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Circa 1600, from Middle French cosaque, from Polish Kozak[1], from Ukrainian коза́к (kozák) (cf. Russian каза́к (kazák) or Russian коза́к (kozák) (older spelling)), from Kazakh қазақ (qazaq), from Old Turkic 𐰴𐰔𐰍𐰸(*qazǧaq, profiteer), from 𐰴𐰔𐰍𐰣𐰢𐰴(qazǧanmaq, to acquire), from 𐰴𐰔𐰢𐰴(qazmaq, to dig out), from Proto-Turkic *kaŕ-.[2] Doublet of Kazakh.



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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, formed in part of runaways from neighbouring countries, that eventually settled in parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian tsarist Empire (where they constituted a legendary military caste), particularly in areas now comprising southern Russia and Ukraine.
  2. A member of a military unit (typically cavalry, originally recruited exclusively from the above).
  3. (obsolete) A Ukrainian.

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  1. ^ Etymology and history of “cosaque”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  2. ^ Cossack”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.