Definition of Chetnik in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHetnik/


A member of a Slavic nationalist guerrilla force in the Balkans, especially one active during World War II.
Example sentences
  • His forces soon also turned against the rival guerrilla organization, the Chetniks.
  • In an attempt to destroy Mihailovi and the Chetniks completely, Tito negotiated with the Germans, promising to stop harassing German troops if they would allow the partisans to return home.
  • In the face of the German attacks, Mihailovic's Chetniks either melted away back to their villages or fled with their leader to eastern Bosnia.


Early 20th century: from Serbian četnik, from četa 'band, troop'.

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