\ 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 tzardom (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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The possibility of an immigration czar had been under consideration for awhile. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump's announced border czar says he is not taking the job "as of right now"," 15 June 2019 Cuccinelli’s name has been mentioned for months to become part of the Trump administration, including as possible Homeland Security secretary or as an immigration czar. Time, "Ken Cuccinelli Named Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director," 10 June 2019 None of Sacramento’s 30 dispensaries has a smoking lounge, but some owners have expressed an interest in opening one, said Joe Devlin, the city’s pot czar. Brad Branan, sacbee, "San Francisco allows pot-smoking lounges. Is Sacramento next?," 12 Feb. 2018 In his speech, Johnson unveiled a proposal to hire a czar dedicated to education and workforce policies. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "At inauguration, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson promises 'a new day' at City Hall with focus on civility, ethics," 17 June 2019 The head of sport science and unofficial czar of load management, Alex McKechnie, is Scottish–Canadian. Andrew Sharp,, "We The Champs: Kawhi, Masai and the Legend of the 2019 Raptors," 14 June 2019 The possibility of an immigration czar had been under consideration for awhile. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Tom Homan to serve as "border czar," Trump announces," 14 June 2019 The youngest daughter of Nicholas II, Russia’s last czar, has inspired books, movies and a century of speculation since her execution in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: 'Anastasia' at the Fisher, baseball exhibit at the DIA, Canton's Liberty Fest," 12 June 2019 Still, despite its positive nature, there’s nothing in the file to suggest Jeric was on track to becoming the city’s streetcar czar. Hannah Sparling,, "He’s the Cincinnati Bell Connector’s ‘one neck to choke.’ But who is he? And how did he get the job?," 3 June 2019

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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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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

: the ruler of Russia before 1917

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