\ ˈzär How to pronounce czar (audio) , ˈ(t)sär How to pronounce czar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tsar or tzar

Definition of czar

1 : emperor specifically : the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution
2 : one having great power or authority a banking czar

Other Words from czar

czardom or less commonly tsardom or tzardom \ ˈzär-​dəm How to pronounce czar (audio) , ˈ(t)sär-​ \ noun

Examples of czar in a Sentence

a showbiz czar who is said to be able to make or break a career
Recent Examples on the Web Putin has for years lionized the 18th century monarch and keeps a bronze statue of the czar over his ceremonial desk in the Kremlin’s cabinet room. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Highlighting those achievements isn’t necessarily a political move, said Tom Inglesby, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist and Biden’s former Covid-testing czar. Lev Facher, STAT, 23 June 2022 As well as being his home city, it is named after Peter the Great, the 18th-century modernizing but militant czar to whom Putin favorably compared himself earlier this month. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Everyone from the czar’s wife to the lowliest serf might turn to magic at some juncture in their lives. Valerie Kivelson, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2022 Intriguingly, India’s vaccine czar Adar Poonawalla advised Musk on Twitter a few days ago to manufacture in India. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 10 May 2022 There have been cries for a college commissioner, a czar, but good luck with that — bonne chance, getting back that chip on the table. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 The key turning point was a supportive message from a meeting of policy makers, chaired by China’s economic czar, Liu He. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 The most vocal inflation hawk over the past year is former Treasury Secretary and former Obama economic czar Larry Summers. Zachary Karabell, Time, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of czar

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for czar

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

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21 Jul 2022

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: a male ruler of Russia before 1917

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