in ancient Rome, a title of honor given originally to generals and later to emperors
Origin of imperatorL, commander in chief: see emperor
- An army commander in the Roman Republic.
- The supreme power of the Roman emperor.
- The head of state and supreme commander in the Roman Empire, in whose name all victories were won.
Origin of imperatorLatin imperātōr ; see emperor .
Frequently used in historical fiction.
From Latin imperator.