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kaiser

[ kahy-zer ]
/ ˈkaɪ zər /
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noun

a German emperor.
an Austrian emperor.
History/Historical. a ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.
a person who exercises or tries to exercise absolute authority; autocrat.

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Origin of kaiser

1150–1200; <German ≪ Latin Caesar emperor, special use of proper name (see Caesar); replacing Middle English keisere, (north) caisere<Old Norse keisari ≪ Latin as above; compare Old English cāsere

OTHER WORDS FROM kaiser

kai·ser·dom, noun

Definition for kaiser (2 of 2)

Kaiser
[ kahy-zer ]
/ ˈkaɪ zər /

noun

Henry J(ohn), 1882–1967, U.S. industrialist.
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British Dictionary definitions for kaiser (1 of 2)

Kaiser1
/ (ˈkaɪzə) /

noun (sometimes not capital) history

any German emperor, esp Wilhelm II (ruled 1888–1918)
obsolete any Austro-Hungarian emperor

Derived forms of Kaiser

kaiserdom or kaiserism, noun

Word Origin for Kaiser

C16: from German, ultimately from Latin Caesar emperor, from the cognomen of Gaius Julius Caesar

British Dictionary definitions for kaiser (2 of 2)

Kaiser2
/ (German ˈkaizər) /

noun

Georg (ˈɡeːɔrk). 1878–1945, German expressionist dramatist
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Cultural definitions for kaiser

Kaiser
[ (keye-zuhr) ]

The German word for “emperor.” The emperors of Austria and Germany were called Kaisers. (See Wilhelm II.)

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