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emperor

[ em-per-er ]
/ ˈɛm pər ər /
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noun
the male sovereign or supreme ruler of an empire: the emperors of Rome.
Chiefly British. a size of drawing or writing paper, 48 × 72 inches (122 × 183 centimeters).

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Origin of emperor

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English empero(u)r, (from Anglo-French; Old French empereor, from Latin imperātor, originally, “one who gives orders, ruler,” equivalent to imperā(re) “to order, command” (im- “in” + -perāre, combining form of parāre “to provide, get ready” ) + -tor noun suffix of agency; see im-1, prepare, -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM emperor

em·per·or·ship, nounpre·em·per·or, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emperor

emperor
/ (ˈɛmpərə) /

noun
a monarch who rules or reigns over an empire
Also called: emperor moth any of several large saturniid moths with eyelike markings on each wing, esp Saturnia pavonia of EuropeSee also giant peacock moth

Derived forms of emperor

emperorship, noun

Word Origin for emperor

C13: from Old French empereor, from Latin imperātor commander-in-chief, from imperāre to command, from im- + parāre to make ready
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