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Meaning of emperor by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Old French empereor ( Modern French empereur ), from Latin imperator ( “emperor; commander” ), from imperare ( “ to command” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɛmpəɹə/, X-SAMPA: /"Emp@r\@/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɛmpəɹɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"Emp@r\@`/


    emperor ( plural: emperors )

    1. The male monarch or ruler of an empire .
    2. ( medieval political theory ) Specifically, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire; the world-monarch .
      The Investiture Controversy was a conflict between the Emperor and the Pope .
    3. A large, relatively valuable marble in children's games.

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Explanation of emperor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. large richly colored butterfly

    2. large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings

    3. red table grape of California

    4. the male ruler of an empire

    Definition of emperor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Emperor n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See Parade, and cf. Imperative, Empress.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; -- a title of dignity superior to that of king; as, “the emperor of Germany or of Austria; the emperor or Czar of Russia.”

      Emperor goose ( Zoöl. ), a large and handsome goose ( Philacte canagica ), found in Alaska. -- Emperor moth ( Zoöl. ), one of several large and beautiful bombycid moths, with transparent spots on the wings; as the American Cecropia moth ( Platysamia cecropia ), and the European species ( Saturnia pavonia ). -- Emperor paper. See under Paper. -- Purple emperor ( Zoöl. ), a large, strong British butterfly ( Apatura iris ).

    2. Imperator n. [L. See Emperor.] ( Rom. Antiq. ) A commander; a leader; an emperor; -- originally an appellation of honor by which Roman soldiers saluted their general after an important victory. Subsequently the title was conferred as a recognition of great military achievements by the senate, whence it carried with it some special privileges. After the downfall of the Republic it was assumed by Augustus and his successors, and came to have the meaning now attached to the word emperor.