What does kaiser mean?

Definitions for kaiser
ˈkaɪ zərkaiser

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kaisernoun

    the title of the Holy Roman Emperors or the emperors of Austria or of Germany until 1918


  1. kaisernoun

    An emperor of a German-speaking country, particularly the Holy Roman Empire (962-1806), the Austrian Empire (1806-1918), and the German Empire (1871-1918).

  2. kaisernoun

    a person who exercises or tries to exercise absolute authority; autocrat.

  3. Kaisernoun

    the German Emperor, often specifically Wilhelm II

  4. Etymology: Originated 1150–1200 from German and Middle High German kaiser, from Old High German keisar, from Latin Caesar (emperor).


  1. Kaiser

    Kaiser is the German word for "emperor" (female Kaiserin). In general, the German title was only used for rulers above the rank of king (König). In English, the (untranslated) word Kaiser is mainly associated with the emperors of the unified German Empire (1871–1918). In English, the term "the Kaiser" is usually reserved for the emperors of the German Empire and the emperors of the Austrian Empire. During the First World War, anti-German sentiment was at its zenith; the term Kaiser—especially as applied to Wilhelm II, German Emperor—thus gained considerable negative connotations in English-speaking countries. Still, this title has high historical respect in German-speaking regions. Franz Beckenbauer, a German footballer throughout the mid 1960s and 1970s, was nicknamed 'Der Kaiser' as allusion to the austrian Kaiser Franz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kaisernoun

    the ancient title of emperors of Germany assumed by King William of Prussia when crowned sovereign of the new German empire in 1871

  2. Etymology: [Gr., fr. L. Caesar. Cf. Kesar, and Czar.]


  1. Kaiser

    Kaiser is the German title meaning "Emperor". Like the Russian Tsar it is directly derived from the Roman Emperors' title of Caesar, which in turn is derived from the personal name of a branch of the gens Julia, to which Gaius Julius Caesar, the forebear of the first imperial family, belonged. Although the British monarchs styled "Emperor of India" were also called "Kaisar-i-Hind" in Hindi and Urdu, this word, although ultimately sharing the same Latin origin, is derived from the Greek Kaisar, not the German Kaiser. In English, the term the Kaiser is usually reserved for the Emperors of the German Empire, the emperors of the Austrian Empire and those of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During the First World War, the term the Kaiser — especially as applied to Wilhelm II of Germany — gained considerable pejorative connotations in English-speaking countries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kaiser

    kī′zėr, n. an emperor, esp. of Germany and Austria.—n. Kai′sership. [Ger.,—L. Cæsar.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kaiser

    the name, derived from the Latin Cæsar, given to the emperor of the old German Empire or Reich, and resumed by the modern Emperor, William I., and his successors.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. kaiser

    (from Lat. Cæsar). The German word for emperor, which has been so extensively known and used in every language since the year 1871, when William, king of Prussia, was crowned at Versailles, France, as emperor of Germany. Thus was revived the old Teutonic appellation of kaiser, which applied formerly, and especially in the Middle Ages, to the German emperors, who inherited this title from the Roman Cæsars, themselves succeeded by Charlemagne, who is considered by the Germans as the first emperor of the Vaterland, as William is the latest one.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kaiser is ranked #1039 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kaiser surname appeared 33,480 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Kaiser.

    93.1% or 31,187 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 777 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 556 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 462 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 348 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 151 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kaiser in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kaiser in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of kaiser in a Sentence

  1. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Modern tourist guides have helped raised tourist expectations. And they have provided the natives -- from Kaiser Wilhelm down to the villagers of Chichacestenango -- with a detailed and itemized list of what is expected of them and when. These are the up-to-date scripts for actors on the tourists stage.

  2. Nancy Gin:

    As we face the real possibility of running out of the drug for everybody if we dont take steps to mitigate the shortage, Kaiser Permanente, like other health care organizations across the country, has had to take steps to control the outflow of the medication to ensure access to severely sick patients, including both COVID-19 and those with acute lupus.

  3. Larissa Antoniesse:

    I never say never so we could be surprised, kaiser Family Foundation doesn't seem like there's a strong chance for expansion in those states.

  4. Kaiser Permanente:

    How can we trust our lives, the lives of our black and brown babies to these people? Nurses are supposed to help people not be happy when people die. kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion – it remains a place where we welcome everyone.

  5. Hal Ruddick:

    The Alliance of Health Care Unions fought to preserve a Kaiser Permanente where patients can count on excellent patient care and service, this agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care, and Alliance members will have the best jobs.

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