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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a latter-day Versailles/Tsar/Robin Hood etc
▪ In the same year, the tsar involved himself personally in the foundation of the reformist journal Military Miscellany.
▪ Sergei Solov'ev was wrong, however, to accuse the tsar of conducting the war with a lack of resolution.
▪ The tsar adopted these suggestions but reduced the number of specific requests.
▪ The tsar is dead; long live the tsar.
▪ The man they wanted was a New Zealand-born heroin tsar, sought in a dozen countries but slippery as an eel.
▪ When he asked the new tsar to give land to the peasants he made plain the other.
▪ William Bennett, a former drug tsar, was a vociferous foe, as is Louis Sullivan, the health secretary.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

czar \czar\ (z["a]r), n. [Russ. tsare, fr. L. Caesar C[ae]sar; cf. OPol. czar, Pol. car. ] A king; a chief; the title of the emperor of Russia. [Written also tsar and tzar.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, the more correct Latinization of Russian czar, from prehistoric Slavic *tsesar, from a Germanic source, ultimately from Latin Caesar. See czar. Related: Tsardom; tsarevich; tsarina; tsarevna.


n. 1 (context historical English) An emperor of Russia (before 1917) and of some South Slavic kingdoms. 2 (context figuratively English) A person with great power; an autocrat. 3 (context informal politics US English) An appointed official tasked to regulate or oversee a specific area.


n. a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917) [syn: czar, tzar]

Tsar (band)

Tsar is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1998, with Jeff Whalen on lead vocals and guitar, Daniel Kern on vocals and guitar, Jeff Solomon on bass, and Steve Coulter on drums. They released an eponymous album on Hollywood Records in 2000, which, although a financial disappointment for the label, availed them a number of dedicated fans. Their songs 'Ordinary Gurl' and 'The Girl Who Wouldn't Die' were featured in the movie American Psycho 2. "Calling All Destroyers" was prominently featured in the animated opening titles for ' Super.'

In 2004 Chuck Byler replaced Coulter and in 2005 Derrick Forget replaced Solomon. In 2005 Tsar released its second full album, Band-Girls-Money, on TVT Records. The album had been recorded nearly two years earlier with Coulter and Solomon. The title track was included in the soundtrack for the racing games Burnout Revenge and its PSP and DS spin-off Burnout Legends.

In late January 2010, the band's original lineup ( Whalen/Kern/Solomon/Coulter ) reunited. They played a show at the LA Times, & released a new song ( "Girls Try To Be Cool" ).

In 2011, the song "Calling All Destroyers" from the band's debut was used as the song for the animated title sequence of the James Gunn film Super featuring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. Later that year Tsar self-released "The Drugboy Tapes," a collection of early demos and live performances from 1998. A split 7-inch featuring the Olsen Twins song "Pool Party" was released by Aderra Records in March 2012.

Members of Tsar have previewed several new songs on Los Angeles internet radio station in 2012. The new material is scheduled for release as an E.P. in August 2012.

Most recently drummer Steve Coulter rejoined the new lineup of Ridel High in 2013.

Tsar (disambiguation)

Tsar, Tzar, and Czar are various Latin alphabet spellings of the same Slavic word, the title of a Russian, Bulgarian or Serbian monarch. It is derived from the word caesar, much like kaiser and keizer.

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Tsar (film)

Tsar is a 2009 Russian drama film directed by Pavel Lungin. It competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.


Tsar ( Old Church Slavonic: ц︢рь [usually written thus with a title] or цар, цaрь) or czar is a title used to designate certain Slavic monarchs or supreme rulers. As a system of government in the Tsardom of Russia and Russian Empire, it is known as Tsarist autocracy, or Tsarism. The term is derived from the Latin word Caesar, which was intended to mean " Emperor" in the European medieval sense of the term—a ruler with the same rank as a Roman emperor, with-holding it by the approval of another emperor or a supreme ecclesiastical official (the Pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch)—but was usually considered by western Europeans to be equivalent to king, or to be somewhat in between a royal and imperial rank.

Occasionally, the word could be used to designate other, secular, supreme rulers. In Asia and Russia the imperial connotations of the term were blurred with time, due to the medieval translations of the Bible, and, by the 19th century, it had come to be viewed as an equivalent of King.

"Tsar" was the official title in the following states:

  • First Bulgarian Empire, in 913–1018
  • Second Bulgarian Empire, in 1185–1396
  • Serbian Empire, in 1346–1371
  • Tsardom of Russia, in 1547–1721 (replaced in 1721 by imperator, but remaining in use outside Russia – and also officially in relation to several regions – until 1917)
  • Tsardom of Bulgaria, in 1908–1946

The first ruler to adopt the title tsar was Simeon I of Bulgaria. Simeon II, the last Tsar of Bulgaria, is the last person to have borne the title Tsar as well as being the last surviving person to do so.

Usage examples of "tsar".

Tsar whom, just a few years before, they had been hailing in adulatory terms for his intention to bring an end to serfdom.

Twenty men were sent up from Tsar Ivan Asen II of the Bulgarian Empire.

Pope, King Bela of Hungary, Tsar Ivan Asen of Bulgaria, and I got together and crowned Henryk King of Central Christendom.

The Tsar Alexander and his namesake heir-apparent, the Tsesarevich Alexander, wore the sapphire-blue uniform of the Ataman Kazakh Cavalry, with the massive medal of the Cross of St.

For Kikin had dashed out from London as soon as he had got word that a Russian galley was approaching Rotherhithe and, to his credit, had only been struck catatonic for thirty seconds or so after he had walked into the ship-yard to be confronted with the spectacle of the Tsar of All the Russias debating the fine points of hull design with Mr.

The play was banned by the Tsar, who thought its portrait of the merchantry - even if it was based on a story from real life - might prove damaging to its relations with the Crown.

I present that letter to the Tsaritsa, I reckon that will make us all parasites and bootlickers of the tyrannical Tsar Alexander.

In the daytime I have actually seen the tsar and tsaritsa, on foot, on the Nevskiy Prospekt.

Florian leapt down from his rockaway seat, hurried over to doff his top hat in a sweeping bow to the tsar and tsaritsa, and to make salutation on behalf of the whole Florilegium.

The tsar and tsaritsa went along the line of them, handing out gifts from trays and baskets borne by their servants.

She got what she wanted: her daughters all became ladies in waiting to the tsaritsa, her sons gentlemen of the chamber to the tsar.

The Tsar himself was a firm friend of the Entente, but the same could not be said of the Tsaritsa nor of the reactionary and disreputable influences to which she extended her patronage.

Tsarkoe Selo in a silver coffin, while the Metropolitan said mass, the Tsar and Protopopov acted as pall-bearers, and the Tsaritsa as one of the chief mourners.

But judge for yourself, if all the houses the tsars and tsaritsas stayed in are to remain empty, then where are the people going to live?

For his services the nobleman was given land and serfs, but not as outright or allodial property, as in the West, and only on condition that he served the Tsar.