Definition of imprimatur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪmprɪˈmɑːtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmprɪˈmɑːtər//
[singular] (formal)
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official approval of something, given by a person in a position of authority The project cannot go ahead without the imprimatur of the Treasury. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin, ‘let it be printed’, from the verb imprimere, from in- ‘into’ + premere ‘to press’.Extra examples The changes could not be introduced without the Treasury’s imprimatur. The courts eventually gave their imprimatur to the charge. There is hardly a charity that does not seek the imprimatur of royal patronage. When he suspended the constitution he had the imprimatur of the armed forces.
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