kai·​ser | \ ˈkī-zər How to pronounce kaiser (audio) \

Definition of kaiser

: emperor especially : the ruler of Germany from 1871 to 1918

Other Words from kaiser

kaiserdom \ ˈkī-​zər-​dəm How to pronounce kaiser (audio) \ noun
kaiserism \ ˈkī-​zə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce kaiser (audio) \ noun

Examples of kaiser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of the kaiser and World War I, the Tojo regime leading into World War II, Kim Il Sung in Korea, the Soviets in Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein against Iran and Kuwait. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 And the flight of the kaiser along with the deposing of eighteen princely houses meant the termination of numerous court positions reserved for nobility. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 Foreign opinion, high and low, held the kaiser responsible for German militarism and aggression. Isabel V. Hull, The New York Review of Books, 21 Mar. 2019 Many Americans wanted to smash the kaiser’s army and push for unconditional surrender; Wilson supported an armistice. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2018 Remove burgers and place split kaiser buns on grill until insides are lightly toasted. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2018 Most recently, the Métiers d’Art 2018 show was staged with a full orchestra performance inside the Elbphilharmonie in the kaiser's hometown of Hamburg, Germany. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2018 With manpower diverted toward fighting the kaiser, output from both farms and factories fell, and as a result rationing and other measures intended to trim demand were implemented. James Karst, NOLA.com, 14 Dec. 2017 Conrad Mohr was the German consul in the city, and a friend of the kaiser. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of kaiser

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaiser

Middle English, from Old Norse keisari; akin to Old High German keisur emperor; both from a prehistoric Germanic word borrowed from Latin Caesar, cognomen of the Emperor Augustus

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“Kaiser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaiser. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Kaiser biographical name

Kai·​ser | \ ˈkī-zər How to pronounce Kaiser (audio) \

Definition of Kaiser

Henry John 1882–1967 American industrialist


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