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
: the wife of a czar

Examples of czarina in a Sentence

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, 27 June 2019 There is a new gambling czarina — Governor Charlie Baker appointed Cathy Judd-Stein to the post in January. Shirley Leung,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 19 Oct. 2017 The Russian Poles see the new czarina, Marina, a proud Pole, as a champion. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 31 July 2017 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of czarina was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Czarina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also tsarina or tzarina
: the wife of a czar

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