Definition of ataman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈädəmän/

noun (plural atamans)

A Cossack leader. See also hetman.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: at·a·man

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