Cossack
noun Etymology: Polish & Ukrainian kozak, of Turkic origin; akin to Volga Tatar kazak free person Date: 1589 1. a member of any of a number of autonomous communities drawn from various ethnic and linguistic groups (as Slavs, Tatars, and Circassians) that formed in Ukraine, southern Russia, the Caucasus, and Siberia after about 1400 and that were completely incorporated into czarist Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries 2. a mounted soldier serving in a unit drafted from Cossack communities

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cossack — Cos sack (k?s s?k), n. [Russ. kozak , kazak : cf. Turk. kaz[=a]k.] One of a warlike, pastoral people, skillful as horsemen, inhabiting different parts of the Russian empire and furnishing valuable contingents of irregular cavalry to its armies,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cossack — 1590s, from Rus. kozak, from Turk. kazak adventurer, guerilla, nomad, from qaz to wander. The same Turkic root is the source of the people name Kazakh and the nation of Kazakhstan …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cossack — ► NOUN ▪ a member of a people of southern Russia, Ukraine, and Siberia, noted for their horsemanship and military skill. ORIGIN Turkic, vagabond, nomad …   English terms dictionary

  • Cossack — [käs′ak΄, käs′ək] n. [Russ kozak < Turk qazaq, adventurer, guerrilla] a member of any of several groups of peasants, chiefly of Russian and Polish descent, that lived in autonomous communal settlements, esp. in the Ukraine, until the late 19th …   English World dictionary

  • Cossack — /kos ak, euhk/, n. (esp. in czarist Russia) a person belonging to any of certain groups of Slavs living chiefly in the southern part of Russia in Europe and forming an elite corps of horsemen. [1590 1600; < Polish kozak or Ukrainian kozák, ult. < …   Universalium

  • Cossack — noun /ˈkɔˈsæk/ a) 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… …   Wiktionary

  • Cossack — n. & adj. n. 1 a member of a people of southern Imperial Russia, orig. famous for their military skill. 2 a member of a Cossack military unit. adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Cossacks. Etymology: F cosaque f. Russ. kazak f. Turki… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cossack — Cosaques  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Les Cosaques. La réponse des Cosaques Zaporogues au Sultan Mehmed IV de Turquie. Peinture d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cossack — see CASSOCK …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • cossack — Cos·sack || kÉ’sæk n. member of any of a number of Slavic peoples of southern Russia known for their horsemanship (mainly in czarist Russia) …   English contemporary dictionary

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