kai·​ser | \ ˈkī-zər \

Definition of kaiser

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name
Kai·​ser | \ ˈkī-zər \

Definition of Kaiser (Entry 2 of 2)

Henry John 1882–1967 American industrialist

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Other Words from kaiser


kaiserdom \ ˈkī-​zər-​dəm \ noun
kaiserism \ ˈkī-​zə-​ˌri-​zəm \ noun

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Remove burgers and place split kaiser buns on grill until insides are lightly toasted. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burgers with pizzazz: Surf 'n' turf burger judged best in annual BBQ contest," 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, "Chanel and Apple Music Have Teamed Up To Release Runway Show Playlists and Tunes Curated by Stars like Pharrell Williams," 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, "The night(s) the lights went down in New Orleans during World War I," 14 Dec. 2017 Conrad Mohr was the German consul in the city, and a friend of the kaiser. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Grand Norwegian Estate Goes on the Market," 20 Sep. 2017 Plenty of tender beef goes between a spilt kaiser roll. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "6 new foods at Lucas Oil Stadium for Colts 2017 season," 10 Aug. 2017 When not chopping wood or feeding the ducks, Plummer’s kaiser is a roiling mix of regret and frustration: a king without power. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "In ‘The Exception,’ Christopher Plummer is a lion in Nazi Germany winter," 22 June 2017 The kaiser, with his chaotic mind, was only making things worse. Richard Cohen, The Mercury News, "Cohen: Meet Kaiser Donald Trump I," 2 May 2017 The kaiser is surrounded by loyal attendants and his second wife, Princess Hermine (an excellent Janet McTeer), who by letter and graft is trying to restore her husband’s place in Berlin. Jake Coyle, kansascity.com, "In ‘The Exception,’ Christopher Plummer is a lion in Nazi Germany winter," 22 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of kaiser

: the title of the ruler of Germany from 1871 to 1918

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to gather or build up little by little

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