Definitions for emperor
ˈɛm pər ərem·per·or
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the male ruler of an empire
red table grape of California
emperor, emperor moth, Saturnia pavonianoun
large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings
emperor butterfly, emperornoun
large richly colored butterfly
The male monarch or ruler of an empire.
(medieval political theory) Specifically, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire; the world-monarch.
The Investiture Controversy was a conflict between the Emperor and the Pope.
A large, relatively valuable marble in children's games.
Etymology: From empereor (Modern French empereur), from imperator, from imperare.
An emperor (from Latin: imperator, via Old French: empereor) is a monarch, and usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife (empress consort), mother (empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right and name (empress regnant). Emperors are generally recognized to be of the highest monarchic honor and rank, surpassing kings. In Europe, the title of Emperor has been used since the Middle Ages, considered in those times equal or almost equal in dignity to that of Pope due to the latter's position as visible head of the Church and spiritual leader of the Catholic part of Western Europe. The Emperor of Japan is the only currently reigning monarch whose title is translated into English as "Emperor".Both emperors and kings are monarchs or sovereigns, but both emperor and empress are considered the higher monarchical titles. In as much as there is a strict definition of emperor, it is that an emperor has no relations implying the superiority of any other ruler and typically rules over more than one nation. Therefore, a king might be obliged to pay tribute to another ruler, or be restrained in his actions in some unequal fashion, but an emperor should in theory be completely free of such restraints. However, monarchs heading empires have not always used the title in all contexts—the British sovereign did not assume the title Empress of the British Empire even during the incorporation of India, though she was declared Empress of India. In Western Europe, the title of Emperor was used exclusively by the Holy Roman Emperor, whose imperial authority was derived from the concept of translatio imperii, i.e. they claimed succession to the authority of the Western Roman Emperors, thus linking themselves to Roman institutions and traditions as part of state ideology. Although initially ruling much of Central Europe and northern Italy, by the 19th century the Emperor exercised little power beyond the German-speaking states. Although technically an elective title, by the late 16th century the imperial title had in practice come to be inherited by the Habsburg Archdukes of Austria and following the Thirty Years' War their control over the states (outside the Habsburg monarchy, i.e. Austria, Bohemia and various territories outside the empire) had become nearly non-existent. However, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of the French in 1804 and was shortly followed by Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, who declared himself Emperor of Austria in the same year. The position of Holy Roman Emperor nonetheless continued until Francis II abdicated that position in 1806. In Eastern Europe, the monarchs of Russia also used translatio imperii to wield imperial authority as successors to the Eastern Roman Empire. Their status was officially recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor in 1514, although not officially used by the Russian monarchs until 1547. However, the Russian emperors are better known by their Russian-language title of Tsar even after Peter the Great adopted the title of Emperor of All Russia in 1721. Historians have liberally used emperor and empire anachronistically and out of its Roman and European context to describe any large state from the past or the present. Such Pre-Roman titles as Great King or King of Kings, used by the Kings of Persia and others, are often considered as the equivalent. Sometimes this reference has even extended to non-monarchically ruled states and their spheres of influence such as the Athenian Empire of the late 5th century BC, the Angevin Empire of the Plantagenets and the Soviet and American "empires" of the Cold War era. However, such "empires" did not need to be headed by an "emperor". Empire became identified instead with vast territorial holdings rather than the title of its ruler by the mid-18th century. For purposes of protocol, emperors were once given precedence over kings in international diplomatic relations, but currently precedence among heads of state who are sovereigns—whether they be kings, queens, emperors, empresses, princes, princesses and, to a lesser degree, presidents—is determined by the duration of time that each one has been continuously in office. Outside the European context, emperor was the translation given to holders of titles who were accorded the same precedence as European emperors in diplomatic terms. In reciprocity, these rulers might accredit equal titles in their native languages to their European peers. Through centuries of international convention, this has become the dominant rule to identifying an emperor in the modern era.
An emperor is a male monarch who rules an empire, typically one that consists of multiple territories or nations. This title is considered higher in rank than a king and often implies sovereign or supreme authority. An emperor can inherit their title through a hereditary line, or it may be granted or seized through conquest, election, or proclamation.
the sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; -- a title of dignity superior to that of king; as, the emperor of Germany or of Austria; the emperor or Czar of Russia
Etymology: [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See Parade, and cf. Imperative, Empress.]
An emperor is a monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife, mother, or a woman who rules in her own right. Emperors are generally recognized to be of a higher honor and rank than kings. Currently, the Emperor of Japan is the only reigning monarch with the title.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
em′pėr-or, n. the head of the Roman Empire: the highest title of sovereignty:—fem. Em′press.—ns. Em′peror-moth, except the Death's-head, the largest British moth, its expanse of wings being about three inches; Em′perorship; Em′pery, empire, power. [O. Fr. emperere—L. imperator (fem. imperatrix)—imperāre, to command.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
(Imperator). Among the ancient Romans, signified the general of an army, who, for some extraordinary success, had been complimented with this appellation. Subsequently it came to denominate an absolute monarch or supreme commander of an empire. In Europe, the first who bore the title was Charlemagne.
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Rank popularity for the word 'emperor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4171
Rank popularity for the word 'emperor' in Nouns Frequency: #1633
The numerical value of emperor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of emperor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I am the Roman Emperor, and am above grammar.
I think the emperor is loved by the people. His image is one of encouraging the people, such as after disasters, and being close to the people, i hope the next emperor will, like the Heisei emperor, be close to the people in the same way.
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Name me and emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.
It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
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- قيصر, إمبراطورArabic
- цар, императорBulgarian
- emperadorCatalan, Valencian
- kejser, KeiserenDanish
- Kaiser, ImperatorGerman
- imperaator, keiserEstonian
- ìmpireScottish Gaelic
- cár, császárHungarian
- 皇帝, 天皇, 帝王Japanese
- ព្រះចៅអធិរាជ, អធិរាជ, រាជាធិរាជKhmer
- 황제, 천황Korean
- emperator, qeyserKurdish
- KeeserLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ķeizars, imperatorsLatvian
- цар, императорMacedonian
- эзэн хаанMongolian
- khakan, kaisar, maharajaMalay
- ਸਮਰਾਟPanjabi, Punjabi
- cesarz, imperatorPolish
- imperataur, imperatour, caiser, imperaturRomansh
- царь, императорRussian
- цар, император, car, imperatorSerbo-Croatian
- cisár, cárSlovak
- thiên hoàng, hoàng đếVietnamese
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