Cossacks



[kos-ak, -uh k] /ˈkɒs æk, -ək/

noun
1.
(especially in czarist Russia) a person belonging to any of certain groups of Slavs living chiefly in the southern part of Russia in Europe and forming an elite corps of horsemen.
/ˈkɒsæk/
noun
1.
(formerly) any of the free warrior-peasants of chiefly East Slavonic descent who lived in communes, esp in Ukraine, and served as cavalry under the tsars
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Cossacks: a Cossack dance
n.

1590s, from Russian kozak, from Turkish kazak “adventurer, guerilla, nomad,” from qaz “to wander.” The same Turkic root is the source of the people-name Kazakh and the nation of Kazakhstan.
Cossacks [(kos-aks)]

A people in southern Russia who became aggressive warriors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In place of taxes, they supplied the Russian Empire with scouts and mounted soldiers. The Cossacks are also famed for their dances, which feature fast-paced music and seemingly impossible leaps.

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