tzar

[ zahr, tsahr ]
/ zɑr, tsɑr /

noun

Definition for tzar (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 tzar (1 of 2)

tzar
/ (zɑː) /

noun

a less common spelling of tsar

Derived forms of tzar

tzarism, noun

British Dictionary definitions for tzar (2 of 2)

czar
/ (zɑː) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of tsar

Derived forms of czar

czardom, noun
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Culture definitions for tzar

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.

notes for czar

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