tsar

[ zahr, tsahr ]
/ zɑr, tsɑr /

noun

Definition for tsar (2 of 2)

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.

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 tsar (1 of 2)

tsar

czar

/ (zɑː, tsɑː) /

noun

(until 1917) the emperor of Russia
a tyrant; autocrat
informal a public official charged with responsibility for dealing with a certain problem or issuea drugs tsar
informal a person in authority; leader
(formerly) any of several S Slavonic rulers, such as any of the princes of Serbia in the 14th century
Also (less commonly): tzar

Derived Forms

tsardom or czardom, noun

Word Origin for tsar

from Russian tsar, via Gothic kaisar from Latin Caesar

British Dictionary definitions for tsar (2 of 2)

czar

/ (zɑː) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of tsar

Derived Forms

czardom, noun
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Culture definitions for tsar

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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