variants or less commonly tsar or tzar
: emperor
specifically : the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution
: one having great power or authority
a banking czar
czardom noun
or less commonly tsardom or tzardom
ˈzär-dəm How to pronounce czar (audio)

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 In 2016, Painter, former White House ethics czar Norman Eisen and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe warned about how Trump’s business dealings with foreign governments would be prohibited because of concerns about foreign influence by those who wrote the U.S. Constitution. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 Florida’s public safety czar has ties to migrant flight contractor The Tampa Bay Times reported that the judge who has already ordered the governor’s staff to turn over those records seemed incredulous that the state’s lawyers were arguing otherwise. Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel, 25 June 2024 This three-ring-circus is orchestrated by ringmaster President Biden with border czar Kamala Harris and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandor Mayorkas in the other rings yelling the border is closed, the border is secure. For Carroll County Times, Baltimore Sun, 18 Feb. 2024 Controversy over the extreme weather czar post first mounted in the aftermath of Ophelia, when the Daily News reported that the post had been sitting vacant since the de Blasio administration’s coordinator, Emma Wolfe, left upon Adams’ inauguration. Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for czar 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of czar was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Czar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also tsar or tzar
: the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution
: one having great power or authority
a baseball czar
czardom noun
also tsardom or tzardom

Latin czar "czar," from Russian tsar' (same meaning), from early Russian tsǐsarǐ, tsěsarǐ "emperor," from a Germanic word kaisar "emperor," derived from Latin Caesar (title of a line of Roman emperors after Augustus Caesar) see Word History at emperor

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