variants or less commonly tsar or tzar
: emperor
specifically : the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution
: one having great power or authority
a banking czar
czardom noun
or less commonly tsardom or tzardom
ˈzär-dəm How to pronounce czar (audio)

Example Sentences

a showbiz czar who is said to be able to make or break a career
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Word History


New Latin czar, from Russian tsar', from Old Russian tsĭsarĭ, from Goth kaisar, from Greek or Latin; Greek, from Latin Caesar — more at caesar

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of czar was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Czar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also tsar or tzar
: the ruler of Russia until the 1917 revolution
: one having great power or authority
a baseball czar
czardom noun
also tsardom or tzardom

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