czar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n czar a person having great power
    • n czar a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When George Washington was elected President, there was a King in France, a Czar in Russia, an Emperor in China, and a Shogun in Japan. Only the office of President remained.
    • n czar zär A king; a chief; the title of the emperor of Russia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Czar Paul 1 banished soldiers to Siberia for marching out of step.
    • n czar An emperor; a king; specifically, the common title of the Emperor of Russia. In old Russian annals the Mongol princes of Russia from the twelfth century are called czars; the first independent Russian prince to assume the title was Ivan IV., the Terrible, who in 1547 was crowned Czar of Moscow. The title czar, though historically equivalent, like its original Cæsar, to emperor, was not recognized as involving imperial rank at the time of its assumption by Ivan; and Peter the Great's assumption of such rank under the title of imperator, in addition to that of czar, was long contested by other powers.
    • n czar An article of dress, apparently a cravat, in use in the early part of the eighteenth century: probably named in compliment to Peter the Great, who visited England in 1698.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Czar tsär the emperor of Russia
    • n Czar tsär or zär, the emperor of Russia
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. tsare, fr. L. Caesar, Cæsar; cf. OPol. czar, Pol. car,.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Russ. tsari, a king; conn. with Ger. kaiser, ult. from L. cæsar, a king or emperor.

Usage

In literature:

The Czar and the nation seemed to wake up.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
The commander of the Russian troops was the Czar's brother, the Grand Duke, now stationed at Irkutsk.
"Standard Selections" by Various
The ancient city of the czars seemed a body without a soul.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Paderewski and the Czar of Russia, xii, 101.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The Czar Alexander gave me a safe conduct.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
By not accepting the Czar's wish in his telegram of May 5, (18,) 1913, you lost his support.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Next the czar of Russia proposed for Catharine, but some dispute about the marriage contract brought about a refusal.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This was what was bequeathed to the revolution by the Czar.
"The Debs Decision" by Scott Nearing
Last year the Czar imposed a tax on account of the disturbances in Poland.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
He openly opposed the czar, and tried to sow discord between him and his wife.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
It was very strange that the Czar and the police should want all Russia for themselves.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The Czar fell into all the mistakes that a man could.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Beneath it lie buried the Russian Czars.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
The good-will will follow, says its Czar, confidently.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
John, his brother Czar, was too feeble and inefficient to take any part whatever in the management of public affairs.
"Peter the Great" by Jacob Abbott
It was now the close of the year 1851; and the reign of the Iron Czar was wavering towards its dark end.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The Czar was at the head of his troops, with the fate of his crown and his country at stake.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
Czar did not know what fear was, and flew at the biggest, fiercest rat that dared to show his long tail on the premises.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5" by Louisa M. Alcott
Description of Moscow; arrival of the Czar.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
The Czar Alexis, Peter's father, was actuated by somewhat of the spirit which so distinguished the son.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
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In poetry:

When Slav and Russ had raised a fuss,
And sent their Czar a-kiting,
Said Givinski to Blatherski,
"We've done enough of fighting."
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
Yet am what I have ever been–
A friend of Freedom, staunch and true,
Who hate a tyrant, be he–you–
A people,–sultan, czar, or queen!
"In After Days" by George Frederick Cameron
Russia is noted for its tar,
Its leather, and its great, white Czar.
A Russian wears his clothes quite loose,
And drinks his tea with lemon juice.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Out and good-night-
The ghosts of the summer palaces
And the ghosts of the winter palaces!
Out and out, good-night to the kings, the czars, the kaisers.
"The Four Brothers" by Carl Sandburg
From the Volga and the Don
He has led his armies on,
Over river and morass,
Over desert and mountain pass;
The Czar, the Orthodox Czar,
Batyushka! Gosudar!
"The White Czar. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Said Serbia,--"Don't venture too far,
Or I'll call in my uncle, the Czar;
He won't see me licked,
Nor insulted, nor kicked,
So you better leave things as they are."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens

In news:

After hearing this news I did a quick Google search and, yup, there really exists a cyber czar position in the government.
Drug czar pushes support for anti-painkiller fight.
First the czars , then Lenin, Stalin.
Oh, To Be Czar Of Youth Sports.
Imperial Czar Wins Off-the-Turf Miami Mile.
Imperial Czar (inside) holds off Numb Lips to win the Miami Mile Handicap.
So why is he taking on the toughest job in the state -- gambling czar .
Bill Flores denounces administration ocean policy and its 'ocean czar .
Former 'Car Czar ' Rattner Gives Dodd-Frank A Qualified Endorsement.
DC's Weed Czar , Mohammed Akhter, Says He's Never Tried Marijuana.
The deputy US drug czar urged health professionals and counselors Wednesday to help in the ambitious effort to reduce the number of substance abusers by 25-percent the next five years.
Russia's massive Tsarskoye Selo—a summer residence for Russian czars that was a gift from Peter the Great to his wife, Catherine—gets the royal treatment in this voluminous study.
Jay Baruchel left the New York premiere of his latest film when he was called out by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.
The Formula One Grand Prix race scheduled to be held in Weehawken and West New York hasn't seen much good news this year, with repeated skeptical comments by F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone about the unlikelihood of the race coming off in 2013.
(photo credit: Hermes USA)) From the saddles of Russian czars to the lush 36-inch silk scarves adored by Jacqueline Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II, the House of Hermès (arguably) has defined the luxury and leather goods market since 1837.
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