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czar / zär; (t)sär/ (also tsar or tzar) • n. 1. variant spelling of tsar.2. a person with great authority or power in a particular area: America's new drug czar.DERIVATIVES: czar·dom / -dəm/ n.czar·ism / -ˌizəm/ n.czar·ist / -ist/ n. & adj.

czar

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czar, tzar, tsar emperor of Russia. XVI. Russ. tsar', ult. repr. L. Caesar through the medium of Gmc., in which the word meant ‘emperor’ (cf. MLG. ke(y)ser, OHG. keisar, ON. keisari, Goth. kaisar).