from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
  • transitive v. To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
  • transitive v. To impart a strong or vivid impression of: "We imprint our own ideas onto acts” ( Ellen Goodman).
  • transitive v. To fix firmly, as in the mind: He tried to imprint the number on his memory.
  • transitive v. To modify (a gene) by chemical means.
  • n. A mark or pattern produced by imprinting. See Synonyms at impression.
  • n. A distinguishing influence or effect: Spanish architecture that shows the imprint of Islamic rule.
  • n. A publisher's name, often with the date, address, and edition, printed at the bottom of a title page of a publication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An impression; the mark left behind by printing something.
  • n. The name and details of a publisher or printer, as printed in a book etc.; a publishing house.
  • n. A distinctive marking, symbol or logo.
  • v. To leave a print, impression, image, etc.
  • v. To learn something indelibly at a particular stage of life, such as who one's mother is.
  • v. To mark a gene as being from a particular parent so that only one of the two copies of the gene is expressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Whatever is impressed or imprinted; the impress or mark left by something; specifically, the name of the printer or publisher (usually) with the time and place of issue, in the title-page of a book, or on any printed sheet.
  • transitive v. To impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp.
  • transitive v. To stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark (figures, letters, etc., upon something).
  • transitive v. To fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress.
  • transitive v. To create or acquire (a behavioral pattern) by the process of imprinting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impress by printing or stamping; mark by pressure; stamp: as, a character or device imprinted on wax or metal.
  • To stamp, as letters and words on paper, by means of inked types; print.
  • To impress, as on the mind or memory; stamp.
  • n. An impression made by printing or stamping; hence, any impression or impressed effect.
  • n. The publisher's name, place, and date (if given) in a book or other publication, on the title-page or elsewhere (originally often at the end of a book); also, the printer's name and address: called respectively the publisher's and the printer's imprint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. establish or impress firmly in the mind
  • n. an impression produced by pressure or printing
  • n. a distinctive influence
  • v. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
  • n. a device produced by pressure on a surface
  • n. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  • n. an identification of a publisher; a publisher's name along with the date and address and edition that is printed at the bottom of the title page


Middle English emprenten, from Old French empreinter, from empreinte, impression, from feminine past participle of empreindre, to print, from Latin imprimere, to impress; see impress1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French empreinte, from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere (Wiktionary)
From Old French empreinter, from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere (Wiktionary)



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  • In publishing (especially the rare books field), a statement of names of the persons (publishers, printers) responsible for the book, usually also including the date and place of publication.

    February 25, 2008