Definition of ataman in English:


Syllabification: at·a·man
Pronunciation: /ˈatəmən

noun (plural atamans)

  • A Cossack leader. See also hetman.
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    • Each Cossack force had its own ataman and there was an ataman of all Cossack forces who, from 1827, was the heir to the imperial throne.
    • After the defeat at Simbirsk, some other atamans betrayed Razin and gave him up to the authorities.
    • From the outset, the Japanese cultivated Semenoff and like-minded Cossacks, and lavish gifts and money found their way to Chita and to strongholds of other atamans in eastern Siberia.


mid 19th century: from Russian.

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