czar

noun
\ 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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His plan details policies that span from hiring a drug czar to combat the opioid crisis to strengthening the state’s role in enforcing federal immigration laws. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Adam Putnam's new public safety plan vows tough sentencing laws, avoids gun issue," 7 June 2018 In another significant move, a programming czar has been put in place to guide the creative operations at HBO, Turner and a new streaming service WarnerMedia is launching later this year. ... Joe Flint, WSJ, "AT&T Breaks Up Turner, Bulks Up Warner Bros. in Major WarnerMedia Overhaul," 4 Mar. 2019 The ceremony itself unfolded in a Kremlin hall used to crown three czars — Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II — as well as previous presidential inaugurations. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Putin starts 4th term with coronation-style ceremony," 7 May 2018 Vice Premier Liu He, China’s economy czar, was due to arrive in Washington on Thursday, China’s state media reported, after two days of preliminary talks by lower-level officials. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "US stocks edge higher in early trading, extending gains," 20 Feb. 2019 Some conservatives — Kansas secretary of state and former White House voter fraud czar Kris Kobach, National Review’s Rich Lowry — have cited the North Carolina scandal as evidence that voter fraud does happen. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.," 11 Dec. 2018 The 127-year-old piece, which was stolen from czar Alexander III during the Russian Revolution, is an original Fabergé now worth over $33 million. Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 19 Mar. 2014 The neighborhood of Sea Cliff is miles away from the tidy facades of Pacific Heights, where the city’s old guard of Gettys and Trainas mixes with tech czars (Jony Ive, Larry Ellison) and political luminaries (Dianne Feinstein, Pelosi). Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 In December 2011, Gustavo Alfredo Landaverde, the former deputy drug czar of Honduras, told the Miami Herald how the Honduran National Police killed on behalf of the cartels. Rachel Kleinfeld, WSJ, "The Violence Driving Migration Isn’t Just Gangs," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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czar

noun

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

czar

noun
\ ˈzär\

Kids Definition of czar

: the ruler of Russia before 1917

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