the ruler of an empirethe Roman emperorsthe Emperor Napoleonsee alsoempress
Word OriginMiddle English (especially representing the title given to the head of the Roman Empire): from Old Frenchemperere, from Latinimperator
, from imperare
, from in-
.Extra examplesIt was under the emperor Justinian that these advances were made.during the reign of the last emperorthe emperor of JapanIt is the tomb of the first real emperor of China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang.Idioms
used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realizes that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc.Soon investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.From the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, in which the emperor is tricked into thinking he is wearing beautiful new clothes and everyone pretends to admire them, until a little boy points out that he is naked.