see also: Cossack

cossack (plural cossacks)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Cossack#English|Cossack

1600, French cosaque, from Polish Kozak, from Ukrainian коза́к (cf. Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒsˌæk/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑsˌæk/

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 the 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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