Cossack

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cossack a member of a Slavic people living in southern European Russia and Ukraine and adjacent parts of Asia and noted for their horsemanship and military skill; they formed an elite cavalry corps in czarist Russia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cossack One of a warlike, pastoral people, skillful as horsemen, inhabiting different parts of the Russian empire and furnishing valuable contingents of irregular cavalry to its armies, those of Little Russia and those of the Don forming the principal divisions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Cossack One of a military people inhabiting the steppes of Russia along the lower Don and about the Dnieper, and in lesser numbers in eastern Russia, Caucasia, Siberia, and elsewhere. Their origin is uncertain, but their nucleus is supposed to have consisted of refugees from the ancient limits of Russia forced by hostile invasion to the adoption of a military organization or order, which grew into a more or less free tribal existence. Their independent spirit has led to numerous unsuccessful revolts, ending in their subjection, although they retain various privileges. As light cavalry they form an element in the Russian army very valuable in skirmishing operations and in the protection of the frontiers of the empire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cossack kos′ak one of a people in south-eastern Russia, forming splendid light cavalry.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. kozak', kazak',: cf. Turk. kazāk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Turk.

Usage

In literature:

Here, Uhlans are destroyers pitiless; And there, the Cossacks' bands!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
Here my old friend from my voyages of 1875 and 1876, the Cossack Feodor, was taken on board.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The cossacks of America had forced her to this pass, and she was an old woman; what could she do?
"Hex" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
The Cossacks cut off his stragglers.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Several times on the route the Empress was alarmed by the cry that the Cossacks were coming.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
He was within hailing distance, when a couple of hundred yards or so behind him were seen a number of Cossacks in hot pursuit.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
But he did not remain long with the Cossacks.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
Kazak fabrics are usually the sleeping-blankets of the Kazak (Cossack) rough-riders.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
She turned and walked the way she had come, turning into the big square followed by a small escort of Cossacks.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
She is Polish, the daughter of a concierge, and now the mistress of a young Cossack, who is leaving shortly for the front.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
If you do not hear from me after next Sunday you can put dad's obituary and mine in the local papers and say we died of an overdose of Cossack.
"Peck's Bad Boy Abroad" by George W. Peck
Two Cossacks riding along this route with despatches had just before been frozen to death.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Though the Cossacks withdrew after Yermak's death, others soon succeeded them.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A few guns upon the rocks, and a million Cossacks could not break through.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
The Aleutians are as much at home in their little leathern canoes, as our Cossacks on horseback.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
Spanish and Cossack troops were called by Ferdinand into the country to crush all opposition.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Kalm, the big-faced comic singer, is to do the like, dressed as a Russian Cossack.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Cossack tried in vain to comfort it by leaping upon it and licking its face.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
On the Cossack line, when Yermoloff assumed charge of operations, 'there was no open warfare, but there was continual unrest.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
Here a detachment of Don Cossacks distinguished themselves on May 10, 1915.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

For a young and holy maiden,
Weeps lamenting, every heart!
One sole Cossack in the village,
In this mourning takes no part.
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
'Tis a mountain Cossack's body
Wafted 'mid my billows' dance,
See his hair,--no silk is softer--
See his shoulder's gold expanse!
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
'Ware friend Cossack! Or at full bound,
Off thy head, at lightning speed
With his scimitar he'll sever
From thy trunk! He will indeed!
"The Delibash" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
The hard riding Cossack and Russ,
At the very first sign of a fuss,
Cried--"Long live the white Czar,
We are off to the war,
No more Nihilist nonsense for us."
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
The Cossacks thundered at the outer door;
And Father Hyacinth, who, heard the din,
(And thought himself and brethren in distress,
Deserted by their lady patroness)
Did to her statue turn, and thus his woes outpour.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And the Cossacks who had drawn near gazed in amazement at what had happened ;
and they began to drive the children away from the stranger-people,
not daring, nevertheless, to beat any one of them,
remembering that fire.
"Anhelli - Chapter 3" by Juliusz Slowacki

In news:

In 1648 and 1649 Bogdan Chmelnitzky and his hordes of Cossack warriors perpetrated an annihilation campaign against the Jews of Poland and the Ukraine.
The Battle of Borodino , in which Napoleon Bonaparte's army fought against czarist troops and Cossacks, claimed at least 70,000 lives by most estimates.
Kenny Bearden of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club finishes loading toys into the back of a pickup prior to the start of the club's Christmas Toy Run Saturday morning.
The Battle of Borodino, in which Napoleon Bonaparte's army fought against czarist troops and Cossacks, claimed at least 70,000 lives by most estimates.
Hillestad, Cossacks sweep Baltic .
Sioux Valley's Haley Hillestad hammers a kill past the block attempt of Baltic 's Allie Walter during the Cossacks' sweep of the Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night in Volga.
Don't dance around Cossack's cracking 10/1 quote for Cheltenham.
Sioux Valley freshman Collin Kramer hammers one down in transition in the second quarter of the Cossacks' 91-34 season-opening victory over Howard on Friday night in Volga.
"Cossacks have always been on the frontiers of the Russian empire, fighting foes and adversaries, illegal immigration — repulsing raids, as people say today," he added.
Cossacks hammer Howard, 91-34, in season opener.
Russia's Cossacks take on new foes: beggars, drunks and illegally parked cars in Moscow .
Russia's Cossacks start patrolling Moscow streets.
Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and notorious for their anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks and improperly parked cars.
Two Russian Cossacks, right, watch pedestrians passing by as they patrol Belorussky railway station in downtown Moscow , Russia, Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012.
Russia's Cossacks take on new foes in Moscow : beggars, drunks and illegally parked cars.
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