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czar

noun \ˈzär, ˈ(t)sär\

Simple Definition of czar

  • : the title of the ruler of Russia before 1917

  • : a very powerful person in a particular business or activity

  • —used as an unofficial title for the person who is in charge of a government office or department

Full Definition of czar

  1. 1 :  emperor; specifically :  the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution

  2. 2 :  one having great power or authority <a banking czar>

czar·domplay also tsar·domplay or tzar·dom \ˈzär-dəm, ˈ(t)sär-\ noun

Examples of czar

  1. <a showbiz czar who is said to be able to make or break a career>



Variants of czar

also tsar or tzar \ˈzär, ˈ(t)sär\

Origin of czar

New Latin czar, from Russian tsar', from Old Russian tsĭsarĭ, from Gothic kaisar, from Greek or Latin; Greek, from Latin Caesar — more at caesar


First Known Use: 1555

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