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hetman Syllabification: het·man
Pronunciation: /ˈhetmən/

Definition of hetman in English:

noun (plural hetmen)

A Polish or Cossack military commander.
Example sentences
  • In 1648, led by the kozak hetman (military leader) Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ukrainians rose against Poland, forming an independent state.
  • Why would the Diet forbid Jan Kazimierz to provide military aid to Vyhovs'kyi and what is meant by the statement that the Cossack hetman was ‘an elected king’?
  • Two hundred years ago King Karl XII of Sweden fought together with the Cossack hetman Ivan Mazepa for the independence of Ukraine from Russia.


Polish, probably from German Hauptmann 'captain'.

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