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

Other Words from imperator

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 study, led by independent researcher and paleoartist Gregory Paul, proposed adding two new T. rex relatives: the T. regina and the T. imperator. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2022 Under the Roman republic, an imperator was a victorious general, and later one of two consuls. Dominic Green, WSJ, 7 June 2022 The Tupandactylus imperator is no longer in Brussels. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 But Godefroit was also approached by a private collector keen to have scientists examine the partial skull of a Tupandactylus imperator, a type of pterosaur known for an enormous sail-like crest that extended from its head. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Researchers analyzed the fossilized headcrest of Tupandactylus imperator, a pterosaur that lived 115 million years ago in Brazil. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 The fossil, described on Wednesday in a new study in Nature, is a pterosaur called Tupandactylus imperator that was found in the Early Cretaceous limestone of Brazil’s Crato Formation. Riley Black, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2022 Now, in a controversial new study published in Evolutionary Biology, researchers are proposing that the T. rex was actually three different species: T. rex, T. regina and T. imperator. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 New research suggests there was not only one or two but actually three types of Tyrannosaurus – rex, imperator and regina. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Imperator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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