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.

<zoology> Emperor goose, a large, strong British butterfly (Apatura iris).

Origin: OF. Empereor, empereour, F. Empereur, L. Imperator, fr. Imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See Parade, and cf. Imperative, Empress.

(01 Mar 1998)

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