Definition of Cossack

1. Noun. 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.

Generic synonyms: Slav

Definition of Cossack

1. n. 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.

Definition of Cossack

1. Noun. A member or descendant of an originally (semi-)nomadic population of Eastern Europe and the adjacent parts of Asia, that eventually settled in parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian tsarist Empire (where they constituted a legendary military caste) and the Soviet Union, particularly in areas now comprising southern Russia and Ukraine. ¹

2. Noun. A cossack, member of a military unit (typically cavalry, originally recruited exclusively from the above) ¹

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Definition of Cossack

1. a Russian cavalryman [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cossack

Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha utan
Coryphaena equisetis
Coryphaena hippurus
Cosa Nostra
Cosimo de Medici
Cosimo the Elder
Cosmocampus profundus
Costa Brava
Costa Daurada
Costa Mesa
Costa Rica
Costa Rican
Costa Rican colon
Costa Rican monetary unit
Costa Ricans
Costa del Sol

Literary usage of Cossack

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Poems by Edna Dean Proctor (1890)
"THE cossack! the cossack! his steed is his throne; On the steppe and the ... The cossack ! the cossack ! a flame of the south Is the glance of his eye, ..."

2. Russia's Railway Advance Into Central Asia by Dobson, George (1890)
"The most remarkable phenomenon of the Slavonic race —Numbers and territories of the cossacks—Dress and equipment—Railways through the cossack provinces— ..."

3. The Russian Pendulum: Autocracy by Arthur Bullard (1919)
"The cossack troops are not commanded by cossacks, but they are "Crack Regiments" and their officers in general have been men of great wealth ..."

4. Technique of Modern Tactics: A Study of Troop Leading Methods in the by Paul Stanley Bond, Michael Joseph McDonough (1916)
"A cossack post should consist of a half squad (4 men) and two halves of any squad should be on adjacent posts, one commanded by the corporal, ..."

5. The Cossacks: Their History and Country by William Penn Cresson (1919)
"Little did the first hardy cossack pioneers, who built their homesteads in this "smiling wilderness" know or care that by this act they subjected themselves ..."

6. The Red Reign: The True Story of an Adventurous Year in Russia by Kellogg Durland (1908)
"|HERE is nothing straggling about a Terek cossack ... But this is Russian and not characteristically cossack. Narrow paths edged the house fences and people ..."

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