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kaiser

[kahy-zer] /ˈkaɪ zər/
noun
1.
a German emperor.
2.
an Austrian emperor.
3.
History/Historical. a ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.
4.
a person who exercises or tries to exercise absolute authority; autocrat.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; < GermanLatin Caesar emperor, special use of proper name (see Caesar); replacing Middle English keisere, (north) caisere < Old Norse keisariLatin as above; compare Old English cāsere
Related forms
kaiserdom, noun

Kaiser

[kahy-zer] /ˈkaɪ zər/
noun
1.
Henry J(ohn) 1882–1967, U.S. industrialist.
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Examples for kaiser
  • The imperial government was not responsible to the parliament but only to the kaiser.
British Dictionary definitions for kaiser

Kaiser1

/ˈkaɪzə/
noun (sometimes not capital) (history)
1.
any German emperor, esp Wilhelm II (ruled 1888–1918)
2.
(obsolete) any Austro-Hungarian emperor
Derived Forms
kaiserdom, kaiserism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from German, ultimately from Latin Caesar emperor, from the cognomen of Gaius Julius Caesar

Kaiser2

/German ˈkaizər/
noun
1.
Georg (ˈɡeːɔrk). 1878–1945, German expressionist dramatist
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Word Origin and History for kaiser
kaiser
"an emperor," O.E. casere, obscure after M.E., but revived 1858 in ref. to the Ger. emperors of Austria and, after 1870, Germany, from Ger. Kaiser, from Bavarian and Austrian spelling of M.H.G. keisar, from O.H.G. keisar "emperor," an early borrowing of L. cognomen Cæsar (q.v.). The Gmc. and Slavic peoples seem to have called all Roman emperors "caesar" (cf. O.E. casere, O.N. keisari). Said to be the earliest L. loan word in Gmc.
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kaiser in Culture
Kaiser [(keye-zuhr)]

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

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