(countable and uncountable, plural emperorships)
- The rank or office of an emperor.
emperor + -ship
Variant of emperor
- the supreme ruler of an empire
- any of various butterflies (family Nymphalidae) and moths (family Saturniidae)
Origin of emperorMiddle English emperour ; from Old French empereor, ruler (of the Holy Roman Empire) ; from Classical Latin imperator, commander in chief ; from past participle of imperare, to command ; from in-, in + parare, to set in order, prepare