im·​pe·​ra·​tor | \ ˌim-pə-ˈrä-tər How to pronounce imperator (audio) , -ˌtȯr \

Definition of imperator

: a commander in chief or emperor of the ancient Romans

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imperatorial \ (ˌ)im-​ˌper-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce imperator (audio) \ adjective

Examples of imperator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers named the new species, Grimpoteuthis imperator, or emperor Dumbo, after the underwater mountain range the Emperor Seamounts where researchers found the octopus, reports Bryan Lawver for Inverse. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2021 The biggest freshwater croc ever, Sarcosuchus imperator, lived 110 million years ago, grew as long as 40 feet (12 meters), and weighed up to eight metric tons (17,500 pounds). Davide Bonadonna, National Geographic, 11 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of imperator

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imperator

borrowed from Latin imperātor "person giving orders, commanding officer, title of honor bestowed on a victorious general by his troops, title conferred by the Roman senate on Julius Caesar and Augustus and adopted by later successors" — more at emperor

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The first known use of imperator was in 1590

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12 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Imperator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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