ataman

ataman

[at-uh-muhn]
noun, plural atamans.
the elected chief of a Cossack village or military force.

Origin:
1825–35; < Russian atamán, Old Russian vatamanŭ, probably alteration of a Turkic word with the personal suffix -man; identity of initial element disputed

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ataman (ˈætəmən)
 
n , pl -mans
an elected leader of the Cossacks; hetman
 
[from Russian, from Polish hetman, from German Hauptmann (literally: head man)]

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