im·​pri·​ma·​tur | \ ˌim-prə-ˈmä-ˌtu̇r How to pronounce imprimatur (audio) , im-ˈpri-mə-ˌtu̇r How to pronounce imprimatur (audio) , -ˌtyu̇r \

Definition of imprimatur

b : imprint
c : a mark of approval or distinction
2a : a license to print or publish especially by Roman Catholic episcopal authority
b : approval of a publication under circumstances of official censorship

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Imprimatur means "let it be printed" in New Latin. It comes from Latin imprimere, meaning to "imprint" or "impress." In the 1600s, the word appeared in the front matter of books, accompanied by the name of an official authorizing the book's printing. In time, English speakers began using imprimatur in the general sense of "official approval."

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He gave the book his imprimatur. could not begin the project without the boss's imprimatur
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First Known Use of imprimatur

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for imprimatur

New Latin, let it be printed, from imprimere to print, from Latin, to imprint, impress — more at impress entry 1

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“Imprimatur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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