het·​man ˈhet-mən How to pronounce hetman (audio)
plural hetmans
: a Cossack leader

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ivan Mazeppa, the principal hetman, or top commander, of the Cossacks and one of Ukraine’s national heroes. Michael Medved, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Ukrainian het'man

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hetman was in 1710

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“Hetman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetman. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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