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tsar or czar (zɑː, tsɑː, zɑː, tsɑː)
1.  (until 1917) the emperor of Russia
2.  a tyrant; autocrat
3.  informal a public official charged with responsibility for dealing with a certain problem or issue: a drugs tsar
4.  informal a person in authority; leader
5.  (formerly) any of several S Slavonic rulers, such as any of the princes of Serbia in the 14th century
[from Russian tsar, via Gothic kaisar from Latin Caesar]
czar or czar
[from Russian tsar, via Gothic kaisar from Latin Caesar]
'tsardom or czar
'czardom or czar

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Word Origin & History

1670, the more correct Latinization of Rus. czar, from prehistoric Slavic *tsesar, from a Gmc. source, ultimately from L. Caesar. See czar.
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Example sentences
The line became a palm grove and an ancient fortified village, or tsar, of about a thousand people.
In the end the tsar our little father died for good.
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