- license or permission to publish or print a book, article, etc.
- R.C.Ch. such permission granted by a bishop
- any sanction or approval
Origin of imprimaturModL, literally , let it be printed, 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense subjunctive passive voice , of Classical Latin imprimere: see imprint
- Official approval or license to print or publish, especially as granted by a censor or an ecclesiastical authority.
- a. Official approval; sanction: Does their idea get your imprimatur?b. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.
Origin of imprimaturFrom New Latin imprimātur let it be printed third person sing. present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere to imprint ; see impress 1.
(plural imprimaturs or imprimantur)
From Latin imprimatur (“let it be printed”), third person singular present subjunctive passive form of imprimere (“to imprint”).