czar

noun
\ˈzär, ˈ(t)sär \
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 , 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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Felipe Muñoz, Colombia’s czar for border affairs, said the new census data, which was collected over two months, would be used to shape public policy. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Almost 1 million people moved from Venezuela to Colombia in just two years, study shows," 13 June 2018 Mike Myers turned in a rare dramatic performance as notorious nightclub czar Steve Rubell in the film, while Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Breckin Meyer co-starred. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez on Their 1998 Stars on 54 Collaboration 'If You Could Read My Mind'," 31 May 2018 From there, front office football czar John Elway might focus on the offensive line. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "2018 NFL draft: The lingering critical needs for every team," 17 Apr. 2018 Szczepanik’s comments, which reflected a deep understanding of the cryptocurrency world, are likely to reassure any entrepreneurs who are worried that the SEC’s new crypto czar lacked knowledge for the job. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "SEC's 'Crypto Czar' Says Smart Contracts Can Help Regulation," 7 June 2018 The first czar to orient the Russian empire toward Europe, Peter was a polymath driven to establish glory for his nation as a geographical and military force and a great center of learning. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Island of the Blue Foxes,’ the fraught, unruly mission that led to Russia’s discovery of Alaska," 17 Mar. 2018 That’s particularly damning since Putnam, in effect Florida’s gun czar, campaigned on a determination to speed up concealed carry applications. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Florida Sold Guns Without Background Checks for a Year Because of a Forgotten Password," 8 June 2018 Go identify, hire and empower a czar-like figure — for these purposes, maybe David Stern comparisons are more apt — to enforce what the Commission recommends. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Does college basketball want the change it says it seeks?," 25 Apr. 2018 Along with naming his son-in-law as the economy czar and claiming the exclusive power to pick central bank rate-setters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has done away with key qualifications for top-level appointments. Cagan Koc, BostonGlobe.com, "Erdogan diminishes requirements for top posts in Turkey," 11 July 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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