cza·​ri·​na | \ zä-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce czarina (audio) , (t)sä- How to pronounce czarina (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tsarina or tzarina

Definition of czarina

: the wife of a czar

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Recent Examples on the Web But this all comes at the end of this addictively chronicled history, in six parts, of a deluded autocrat and his equally imperious czarina, German-born and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Last Czars’ Review: Deadly Delusions," 27 June 2019 There is a new gambling czarina — Governor Charlie Baker appointed Cathy Judd-Stein to the post in January. Shirley Leung,, "The former gaming commission chairman offers first impression of Encore: ‘Holy cow!’," 7 Aug. 2019 Almost to the end, the czar and czarina—secure in their faith that they are adored—scoff at all indicators to the contrary as rumors or malicious lies. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Last Czars’ Review: Deadly Delusions," 27 June 2019 Tamim’s younger sister, Mayassa, is Qatar’s culture czarina — an art world behemoth who, at the age of 30, had an estimated annual budget of $1 billion. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 There, King Stanislaw II August Poniatowski was trying to rebuild the nation’s strength despite the menacing influence of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, his former lover and patron. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "The Polish Patriot Who Helped Americans Beat the British," 8 Mar. 2017 Rumor and street culture—jokes, postcards, sayings, bawdy plays performed in saloons—changed the image of the czar and the czarina, desacralized them, before and during the war. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017 And Thrive Global, the wellness-crusading company that new media czarina Arianna Huffington founded nearly a year ago, didn’t invent downtime. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Arianna Huffington Adds a Do-Not-Disturb Sign to Your Samsung Phone," 19 Oct. 2017 The Russian Poles see the new czarina, Marina, a proud Pole, as a champion. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Flawed but Fascinating Dvorak Opera in a Rare Staging," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of czarina

1717, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for czarina

probably modification of German Zarin, from Zar czar, from Russian tsar'

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“Czarina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of czarina

: the wife of a Russian czar


cza·​ri·​na | \ zä-ˈrē-nə \

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: the wife of a czar

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