czar

or tsar, tzar

[ zahr, tsahr ]
/ zɑr, tsɑr /

noun

an emperor or king.
(often initial capital letter) the former emperor of Russia.
an autocratic ruler or leader.
any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field: a czar of industry.

Nearby words

  1. cytozoon,
  2. cyturia,
  3. cywydd,
  4. cyzicus,
  5. cz,
  6. czardas,
  7. czardom,
  8. czarevitch,
  9. czarevna,
  10. czarina

Origin of czar

1545–55; < Russian tsar', Old Russian tsĭsarĭ emperor, king (akin to Old Church Slavonic tsěsarĭ) < Gothic kaisar emperor (< Greek or Latin); Greek kaîsar < Latin Caesar Caesar

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British Dictionary definitions for czar

czar

/ (zɑː) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of tsar
Derived Formsczardom, noun

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Word Origin and History for czar

czar

n.
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Culture definitions for czar

czar

[ (zahr, tsahr) ]

The title of rulers or emperors of Russia from the sixteenth century until the Russian Revolution. The czars ruled as absolute monarchs (see absolute monarchy) until the early twentieth century, when a parliament was established in Russia. Czar can also be spelled tsar.

Note

The term czar is sometimes applied generally to a powerful leader or to a government administrator with wide-ranging powers.

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