Czar meaning

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A person having great power or authority.

An energy czar.

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A male monarch or emperor, especially one of the emperors who ruled Russia until the revolution of 1917.
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Any person having great or unlimited power; autocrat.
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A person given broad administrative powers to make government policy.

The President's energy czar.

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Alternative spelling of tsar.
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A person assigned to a task-related government oversight office, e.g. "drug czar".
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An emperor: title of any of the former emperors of Russia and, at various times, the sovereigns of other Slavic nations.
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Origin of czar

  • Russian tsar' from Old Russian tsĭsarĭ emperor, king from Old Church Slavonic tsěsarĭ from Gothic kaisar from Greek from Latin Caesar emperor caesar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian царь (tsar'), via Old Church Slavonic тсесари (tsesari), from Gothic (kaisar), from Medieval Greek Καῖσαρ, ultimately from Latin Caesar.

    From Wiktionary