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Augustus

[aw-guhs-tuh s, uh-guhs-]
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noun
  1. Also called Octavian (before 27 b.c.). Gaius Julius Caesar OctavianusAugustus 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 Octavianus.
  3. a male given name.
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Origin of Augustus

< Latin: august, a title given to Octavian when he became emperor
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Augustus

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for augustus

Augustus

masc. proper name, from Latin augustus "venerable" (see august). The name originally was a cognomen applied to Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus as emperor, with a sense something like "his majesty."

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