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 imperatorial (audio) \ adjective

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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, "Monster-Size Marine Crocodile Discovered," 11 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of imperator

circa 1580, 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 circa 1580

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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