1. an absolute or supreme ruler.
  2. (in Imperial Rome) emperor.
  3. (in Republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.


    1. (in imperial Rome) a title of the emperor
    2. (in republican Rome) a temporary title of honour bestowed upon a victorious general
  1. a less common word for emperor

“commander-in-chief,” Latin agent noun from stem of imperare “to command” (see imperative). In the Roman republic, a commander; in the Roman Empire, the emperor.

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