Meaning of hetman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛtmən/

nounplural noun hetmen

  • A Polish or Cossack military commander.

    ‘In 1648, led by the kozak hetman (military leader) Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ukrainians rose against Poland, forming an independent state.’
    • ‘Why would the Diet forbid Jan Kazimierz to provide military aid to Vyhovs'kyi and what is meant by the statement that the Cossack hetman was ‘an elected king’?’
    • ‘Two hundred years ago King Karl XII of Sweden fought together with the Cossack hetman Ivan Mazepa for the independence of Ukraine from Russia.’
    • ‘But the Swedes and Cossacks lost, and Peter destroyed the hetman's capital and the hetmanate itself.’
    • ‘They were democratic, directly electing their leaders or hetmen.’


Polish, probably from German Hauptmann ‘captain’.