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

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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
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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Czar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of czar

: a male ruler of Russia before 1917


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