• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hetman A Cossack headman or general. The title of chief hetman is now held by the heir to the throne of Russia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hetman In Poland, the commander of an army. The great hetman was formerly the commander-in-chief in the old kingdom of Poland.
    • n hetman Among the Cossacks, formerly, the elected chief of each of their principal communities; a Cossack chief; an ataman. The hetmans received extensive privileges from their Polish suzerains in the sixteenth century, which were continued after the Cossacks passed under Russian rule in 1654. Their rights were greatly restricted by Peter the Great, and the office of hetman of the Ukraine Cossacks was abolished by Catharine II. A hetman of the Don Cossacks continues to exist, but his duties are those of a governor-general. Since 1835 the heir apparent of the Russian throne is hereditary hetman of all the Cossacks, and is represented by a “hetman by delegation” for each of their territorial divisions. Hetman (ataman) is also the common title of subordinate Cossack chiefs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hetman het′man the title of the head or general of the Cossacks.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pol. hetman,. Cf. Ataman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

And they have done such things to the leaders and the hetman?
"Taras Bulba and Other Tales" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Yes, sir, it was Hetman.
"Rosmerholm" by Henrik Ibsen
They say there was a whole band of them, and that this bearded man was their elder, the hetman.
"Mother" by Maksim Gorky
Sir Thomas Picton was a stern-looking, strong-built man, about the middle height, and considered very like the Hetman Platoff.
"Reminiscences of Captain Gronow" by Rees Howell Gronow
The Hetman, Chopinski, is devoted to me.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
I shan't soon forget his Karl Hetman, the visionary reformer.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
It was at this time that the name of Kaledine, the hetman of the Don Cossacks, first began to appear prominently in the reports of events.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
At the bombardment of Bender he had become a Cossack hetman.
"In Love With the Czarina and Other Stories" by Mór Jókai
The Hetman, Chopinski, is devoted to me.
"Tales from Blackwood" by Various
During our stay at Taganrok, we were invited to a ball at the mansion of General Khersanof, son-in-law of the celebrated Hetman Platof.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell