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ˈkɒs æk, -əkcos·sack

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cossack(noun)

    a member of a Slavic people living in southern European Russia and Ukraine and adjacent parts of Asia and noted for their horsemanship and military skill; they formed an elite cavalry corps in czarist Russia


  1. Cossack(Noun)

    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 constituted a legendary military caste) and the Soviet Union, particularly in areas now comprising southern Russia and Ukraine.

    Etymology: 1600, cosaque, from казак and козак, from qazaq.

  2. Cossack(Noun)

    A cossack, member of a military unit (typically cavalry, originally recruited exclusively from the above)

    Etymology: 1600, cosaque, from казак and козак, from qazaq.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cossack(noun)

    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, those of Little Russia and those of the Don forming the principal divisions

    Etymology: [Russ. kozak', kazak': cf. Turk. kazk.]


  1. Cossack

    Cossacks, are a group of predominantly East Slavic people who became known as members of democratic, semi-military communities, predominantly located in Ukraine and in Southern Russia. They inhabited sparsely populated areas and islands in the lower Dnieper, Don, Terek, and Ural river basins and played an important role in the historical and cultural development of both Russia and Ukraine. The origins of the first Cossacks are disputed, though the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk claimed Khazar origin. The traditional post-imperial historiography dates the emergence of Cossacks to the 14th or 15th centuries, when two connected groups emerged, the Zaporozhian Sich of the Dnieper and the Don Cossack Host. The Zaporizhian Sich were a vassal people of Poland–Lithuania during feudal times. Under increasing social and religious pressure from the Commonwealth, in the mid-17th century the Sich declared an independent Cossack Hetmanate, initiated by a rebellion under Bohdan Khmelnytsky. Afterwards, the Treaty of Pereyaslav brought most of the Ukrainian Cossack state under Russian rule. The Sich with its lands became an autonomous region under the Russian-Polish protectorate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cossack

    kos′ak, n. one of a people in south-eastern Russia, forming splendid light cavalry. [Turk.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cossack

    The Russian form of the Tartar term kasake, a horseman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cossack in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cossack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cossack in a Sentence

  1. Oleksandr Turchynov:

    The use of Cossack paramilitary groups is, on the one hand, evidence of the inability of the Russian leadership to ensure law and order during the 2018 soccer World Cup using state agencies, and on the other hand, it compromises an official FIFA event, i believe that it is unacceptable on the part of the international community to consent to these actions.

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