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

czardom

or less commonly tsardom or tzardom play \ˈzär-dəm, ˈ(t)sär-\ noun

Examples of czar in a Sentence

  1. a showbiz czar who is said to be able to make or break a career

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

czar

noun

Definition of czar for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

czar

noun \ ˈzär \

Definition of czar for Students

:the ruler of Russia before 1917


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