What does imprint mean?

Definitions for imprintˈɪm prɪnt; ɪmˈprɪnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word imprint.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imprint(noun)

    a distinctive influence

    "English stills bears the imprint of the Norman invasion"

  2. depression, impression, imprint(noun)

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

  3. imprint(noun)

    an identification of a publisher; a publisher's name along with the date and address and edition that is printed at the bottom of the title page

    "the book was published under a distinguished imprint"

  4. imprint, embossment(noun)

    an impression produced by pressure or printing

  5. imprint(verb)

    a device produced by pressure on a surface

  6. imprint, form(verb)

    establish or impress firmly in the mind

    "We imprint our ideas onto our children"

  7. impress, imprint(verb)

    mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

    "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"


  1. Imprint(v. t.)

    (Ethology) To create or acquire (a behavioral pattern) by the process of imprinting.

  2. Origin: [OE. emprenten, F. empreint, p. p. of empreindre to imprint, fr. L. imprimere to impres, imprint. See 1st In-, Print, and cf. Impress.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imprint(verb)

    to impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp

  2. Imprint(verb)

    to stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark (figures, letters, etc., upon something)

  3. Imprint(verb)

    to fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress

  4. Imprint(verb)

    whatever is impressed or imprinted; the impress or mark left by something; specifically, the name of the printer or publisher (usually) with the time and place of issue, in the title-page of a book, or on any printed sheet

  5. Origin: [OE. emprenten, F. empreint, p. p. of empreindre to imprint, fr. L. imprimere to impres, imprint. See 1st In-, Print, and cf. Impress.]


  1. Imprint

    In the publishing industry, an imprint can mean several different things: ⁕A piece of bibliographic information about a book, it refers to the name and address of the book's publisher and its date of publication as given at the foot or on the verso of its title page. ⁕It can mean a trade name under which a work is published. One single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the different imprints are used by the publisher to market works to different demographic consumer segments. In some cases, the diversity results from the takeover of smaller publishers by a larger company. This usage of the word has evolved from the first meaning given above. ⁕It can also refer to a finer distinction of a book's version than "edition". This is used to distinguish, for example different printings, or printing runs of the same edition, or to distinguish the same edition produced by a different publisher or printer. With the creation of the "ISBN" identification system, which is assigned to a text prior to its printing, a different imprint has effectively come to mean a text with a different ISBN—if one had been assigned to it. ⁕Under the UK Printer's Imprint Act 1961, which amended the earlier Newspapers, Printers, and Reading Rooms Repeal Act 1869, any printer must put their name and address on the first or last leaf of every paper or book they print or face a penalty of up to £50 per copy. In addition, under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, any election material - including websites - must show the name of the promoter of the material and the name and address of the person on whose behalf it is being published.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imprint

    im-print′, v.t. to print: to stamp: to impress: to fix in the mind.—n. Im′print, that which is imprinted: the name of the publisher, time and place of publication of a book, &c., printed on the title-page: also the printer's name on the back of the title-page and at the end of the book.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. imprint

    Brief note in the margin of a map giving all or some of the following: date of publication, printing, name of publisher, printer, place of publication, number of copies printed, and related information.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imprint in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imprint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Siddharth Astir:

    Your soul is like a fist, you have to open it to leave an imprint in life.

  2. Siddharth Astir:

    Fame is like walkin on the Beach.... every step, whether right or wrong, leaves its imprint.

  3. Kate Chopin:

    There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.

  4. The Verge:

    This is by far the best camera on a Nexus Imprint phone, ever, and stands up against the best from the competition.

  5. Chief Executive Kenneth Chenault:

    President Ed Gilligan contributions have left an indelible imprint on practically every area of our business... and, most recently, the group forging our digital partnerships and driving payment innovations.

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