imprimatur


im·pri·ma·tur

noun \ˌim-prə-ˈmä-ˌtr, im-ˈpri-mə-ˌtr, -ˌtyr\

: official approval

Full Definition of IMPRIMATUR

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
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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