from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially under conditions of censorship.
- n. Official approval; sanction.
- n. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
- n. Any mark of official approval.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A license to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; also, in countries subjected to the censorship of the press, approval of that which is published.
- n. Permission granted from a designated ecclesiastical authority to publish a book or other document; -- required by church law for Catholics, especially ecclesiastics, who wish to publish.
- n. Official approval for some proposed activity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Let it be printed: a formula signed by an official licenser of the press and attached to the matter so authorized to be printed.
- n. n. A license to print, granted by the licenser of the press; hence, a license in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formal and explicit approval
From New Latin imprimātur, let it be printed, third person sing. present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere, to imprint; see impress1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin imprimatur ("let it be printed"), third person singular present subjunctive passive form of imprimere ("to imprint"). (Wiktionary)