The Alternative English Dictionary: imprimatur

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imprimatur {{was wotd}} etymology From Latin imprimatur, third person singular present subjunctive passive form of imprimere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmɑː.tʊə/, /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmeɪ.tʊə/
  • (US) /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmɑ.tɚ/, /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmeɪ.tɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (printing) An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
    • 1664, John Wilson, The Cheats, publication info page: The Cheats · A Comedy · Written in the Year, M.DC.LXII. Imprimatur, Roger L'estrange. Nov. 5. 1663. By John Wilson
  2. (by extension) Any mark of official approval.
    • 1988, New York Times, Gay fiction comes home, : Children, the final imprimatur to family life, are being borrowed, adopted, created by artificial insemination.

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