\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web During the 2009 financial crisis, the Obama administration appointed Steven Rattner as automobile czar; Rattner quickly restructured the industry, leading to its resurgence. Bill George, Fortune, "A 7-point plan to slow COVID-19 and restart the economy," 2 July 2020 Brett Giroir, the White House’s testing czar, returned to his day job at the Department of Health and Human Services this month. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "U.S. Coronavirus Testing Could Fail Again," 30 June 2020 The handiwork of engineer-racer Zora Arkus-Duntov and GM's flamboyant design czar, Bill Mitchell, the C2 was available as either a coupe or a convertible and wore feathery fiberglass body panels virtually free of chrome trim. Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Sixties," 29 June 2020 The drug czar has a new spokesman, longtime Washington politico and communications adviser Gregory T. Angelo. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Team Trump moves: Gregory Angelo to drug czar, OMB's Derek Kan, Sergio Gor to campaign," 15 June 2020 The White House coronavirus testing czar, Admiral Brett Giroir, is standing down, and there are no plans to replace him, even though the U.S. falls woefully short of the number of daily tests that are needed to safely end social distancing. Gavin Yamey, Time, "U.S. Response to COVID-19 is Worse than China’s. 100 Times Worse.," 10 June 2020 Its testing czar is returning to his day job at the Department of Health and Human Services. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic," 7 June 2020 Shortly before Walle's appointment, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Odum would serve as the city's czar. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Things to know about Armando Walle and Marvin Odum, Houston's coronavirus recovery czars," 21 Apr. 2020 After an initial response that critics said was too slow, Obama took aggressive action, including deploying thousands of troops to West Africa and bringing on Klain as the Ebola czar. Steven Levy, Wired, "Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Czar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce czar (audio) How to pronounce czar (audio)

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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