noun (plural atamans)
A Cossack leader. See also hetman.
- 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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