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imprimatur

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noun im·pri·ma·tur \ˌim-prə-ˈmä-ˌtu̇r, im-ˈpri-mə-ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r\

Simple Definition of imprimatur

  • : official approval

Full Definition of imprimatur

  1. 1 a :  a license to print or publish especially by Roman Catholic episcopal authority b :  approval of a publication under circumstances of official censorship

  2. 2 a :  sanction, approval b :  imprint c :  a mark of approval or distinction

Examples of imprimatur

  1. He gave the book his imprimatur.

  2. <could not begin the project without the boss's imprimatur>



Origin of imprimatur

New Latin, let it be printed, from imprimere to print, from Latin, to imprint, impress — more at impress


First Known Use: 1640


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