Definition of Chetnik in English:



  • A member of a Slavic nationalist guerrilla force in the Balkans, especially during the Second World War.

    • ‘His forces soon also turned against the rival guerrilla organization, the Chetniks.’
    • ‘In the face of the German attacks, Mihailovic's Chetniks either melted away back to their villages or fled with their leader to eastern Bosnia.’
    • ‘Montenegro was occupied by the Italians, who had no time to create a dependent authority, Montenegro having quickly become a cauldron of civil war between the Serb-nationalist Chetniks and Communist Partisans.’
    • ‘She loathed them because they were the sort of Chetnik nationalists her Communist partisan father fought against.’
    • ‘In an attempt to destroy Mihailovi and the Chetniks completely, Tito negotiated with the Germans, promising to stop harassing German troops if they would allow the partisans to return home.’


Early 20th century: from Serbian četnik, from četa ‘band, troop’.