Meaning of imperator in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪmpəˈrɑːtɔː/


Roman History
  • Commander (a title conferred under the Republic on a victorious general and under the Empire on the emperor).

    ‘Augustus Caesar had been imperator of the Roman Empire for more than twenty years.’
    • ‘He wore the robe, crown, and scepter of a triumphant general and used the title imperator.’
    • ‘The Senate of ancient Rome, another republic with imperial entanglements, entrusted war-making to a commander-in-chief, the imperator or emperor, whose office became all-powerful, hereditary, and its holder a living god.’
    • ‘The Romans continued in the use of opium as a medicinal and as a poison, and according to Pliny the imperator Nero was an ardent user of various plant poisons, including opium, to eliminate enemies.’
    • ‘But when they paraded the old man through the streets and the crowds likewise hailed him as imperator, the die was cast.’
    ruler, sovereign, king, monarch, potentate, lord, overlord


Latin, from imperare ‘to order, command’.