- an official license to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., especially a license issued by a censor of the Roman Catholic Church.Compare nihil obstat.
- sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
Origin of imprimatur
Examples from the Web for imprimatur
What makes CEOs think that putting their imprimatur on a political movement will increase public pressure on the two parties?Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work
December 26, 2012
From a Wall Street perspective, Buffett got privileged, and not level-playing-field, access as a payoff for his imprimatur.Obama Extols Warren Buffett as Hero, But to Wall Street He’s No Angel
January 26, 2012
I mean it depends on his permission; his imprimatur; his nihil obstat.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Work of men's hands they may be, but they bear the imprimatur of nature.Greener Than You Think
In the new creation of the human mind it was Imprimatur—let it be printed.Printing and the Renaissance
John Rothwell Slater
The Vice-Chancellor's imprimatur (for it was printed at Oxford) is dated the 19th, 1713.Lives of the Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, and Others
This imprimatur is stamped upon the first page of the text in every book.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh
Augustus F. Lindley
- RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
- sanction, authority, or approval, esp for something to be printed
Word Origin and History for imprimatur
1640, Modern Latin, literally "let it be printed," the formula of a book licenser, third person singular present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere "to print" (see impress). Originally of state license to print books, later only of Roman Catholic Church.