[ aw-guhs-tuhs, uh-guhs- ]

  1. Also called Oc·ta·vi·an [ok-tey-vee-uhn] /ɒkˈteɪ vi ən/ .Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus; Augustus Caesar, 63 b.c.–a.d. 14, first Roman emperor 27 b.c.–a.d. 14: reformer, patron of arts and literature; heir and successor to Julius Caesar.

  2. a title of office given to rulers of the Roman Republic after Octavian.

  1. a male given name.

Origin of Augustus

From Latin augustus “sacred, grand,” a title given to Octavian when he became emperor; see august,

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/ (ɔːˈɡʌstəs) /

  1. original name Gaius Octavianus; after his adoption by Julius Caesar (44 bc) known as Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus. 63 bc –14 ad, Roman statesman, a member of the second triumvirate (43 bc). After defeating Mark Antony at Actium (31 bc), he became first emperor of Rome, adopting the title Augustus (27 bc)

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