Chetnik

Chetnik

[chet-neek, chet-nik]
noun
a member of a Serbian nationalist group that fought against the Turks in the early part of the 20th century and carried on guerrilla warfare during World War I and II.

Origin:
1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian čȅtnīk guerrilla, equivalent to čȅt(a) troop (cognate with Old Russian cheta, Czech četa) + -nīk agent suffix (cf. -nik)

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Chetnik (ˈtʃɛtnɪk, tʃɛtˈniːk)
 
n
1.  a Serbian nationalist belonging to a group that fought against the Turks before World War I and engaged in guerrilla warfare during both World Wars
2.  a member of a Serbian nationalist paramilitary group fighting to retain Serbian influence in the countries which formerly constituted Yugoslavia
 
[from Serbian četnik, from četa troop]

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chetnik
1909, "member of a Balkan guerrilla force," from Serb. četnik, from četa "band, troop."
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