Caesar

1 of 2

noun

Cae·​sar ˈsē-zər How to pronounce Caesar (audio)
1
: any of the Roman emperors succeeding Augustus Caesar
used as a title
2
a
often not capitalized : a powerful ruler:
(1)
b
[from the reference in Matthew 22:21] : the civil power : a temporal ruler

Caesar

2 of 2

biographical name

Cae·​sar ˈsē-zər How to pronounce Caesar (audio)
(Gaius) Julius 100–44 b.c. Roman general, statesman, and writer

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Gaius Julius Caesar

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Caesar was circa 1548

Dictionary Entries Near Caesar

Cite this Entry

“Caesar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Caesar. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Caesar

noun

Cae·​sar ˈsē-zər How to pronounce Caesar (audio)
: any of the Roman emperors after Caesar Augustus

More from Merriam-Webster on Caesar

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ