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Syllabification: Cae·sar
Pronunciation: /

Definition of Caesar in English:


1A title used by Roman emperors, especially those from Augustus to Hadrian.
Example sentences
  • Today's Vatican is a creation of the great Renaissance popes, who used the symbolism of the Rome of the Caesars to dominate the Roman barons and establish Rome as the seat of the church.
  • These passages could be seen in the socio-political sweep of their emperors, Caesars, and pharaons as case studies in forced labor and territorial control.
  • Perhaps 40 years ago the rich hired courtroom sketch artists; perhaps in Roman times the Caesars commanded artisans to instantly fix the event in mosaic tiles.
1.1An autocrat.
Example sentences
  • Treat any chief executive as a Caesar and pretty soon he'll behave like one.
  • You are acting as a Ceasar of territories, conquering land and sea to gain control of the Empire.
  • Do you see yourself as a Ceasar?
2 Medicine , informal A Caesarean section.


Middle English: from Latin Caesar, family name of the Roman statesman Caesar, Julius.


Caesar's wife

A person who is required to be above suspicion.
[with reference to Plutarch's Caesar ( x. 6) 'I thought my wife ought not even to be under suspicion']
Example sentences
  • The media, he says, like to ‘out’ a referee who is supposed to be like Caesar's wife, completely above suspicion.
  • They have to be like Caesar's wife - totally above suspicion.
  • Still, they expect their leaders to be, like Caesar's wife, above suspicion.

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