Emperor


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EMPEROR, an officer. This word is synonymous with the Latin imperator; they are both derived from the. verb imperare. Literally, it signifies he who commands.
     2. Under the Roman republic, the title emperor was the generic name given to the commanders-in-chief in the armies. But even then the application of the word was restrained to the successful commander, who was declared emperor by the acclamations of the army, and was afterwards honored with the title by a decree of the senate. 3. It, is now used to designate some sovereign prince who bears this title. Ayl. Pand. tit. 23.

References in classic literature ?
I should like very much to know how far they have got on with the cloth,' thought the Emperor.
I will send my old and honoured minister to the weavers,' thought the Emperor.
I will send my faithful old minister to the weavers," said the Emperor at last, after some deliberation, "he will be best able to see how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense, and no one can be more suitable for his office than be is.
This pattern, and the colors, yes, I will tell the Emperor without delay, how very beautiful I think them.
Stopping in front of the Pavlograds, the Tsar said something in French to the Austrian Emperor and smiled.
Oh God, what would happen to me if the Emperor spoke to me?
The Emperor wore a cap, frock coat and pantaloons, all of some kind of plain white drilling--cotton or linen and sported no jewelry or any insignia whatever of rank.
As a general thing, we have been shown through palaces by some plush- legged filagreed flunkey or other, who charged a franc for it; but after talking with the company half an hour, the Emperor of Russia and his family conducted us all through their mansion themselves.
Our mighty Emperor has lately caused himself to be nickel-plated.
But show us in -- I'm sure the Emperor will receive us, even in his present state"
When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
There is likewise another diversion, which is only shown before the emperor and empress, and first minister, upon particular occasions.