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imperator

[im-puh-rah-ter, -rah-tawr, -rey-ter] /ˌɪm pəˈrɑ tər, -ˈrɑ tɔr, -ˈreɪ tər/
noun
1.
an absolute or supreme ruler.
2.
(in Imperial Rome) emperor.
3.
(in Republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin imperātor; see emperor
Related forms
imperatorial
[im-per-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪmˌpɛr əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
imperatorially, adverb
imperatorship, noun
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  • They are somewhat shorter than imperator cultivars, but more tolerant of heavy soil.
British Dictionary definitions for imperator

imperator

/ˌɪmpəˈrɑːtɔː/
noun
1.
  1. (in imperial Rome) a title of the emperor
  2. (in republican Rome) a temporary title of honour bestowed upon a victorious general
2.
a less common word for emperor
Derived Forms
imperatorial (ɪmˌpɛrəˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
imperatorially, adverb
imperatorship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: commander, from imperāre to command
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Word Origin and History for imperator
n.

"commander-in-chief," Latin agent noun from stem of imperare "to command" (see imperative). In the Roman republic, a commander; in the Roman Empire, the emperor.

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