• WordNet 3.6
    • n imprimatur formal and explicit approval "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imprimatur (Law) 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.
    • Imprimatur Official approval for some proposed activity; as, a contract this large needs the imprimatur of the legal department.
    • Imprimatur (R. C. Ch) Permission granted from a designated eccliastical authority to publish a book or other document; -- required by church law for Catholics, especially ecclesiastics, who wish to publish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imprimatur 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 imprimatur n. A license to print, granted by the licenser of the press; hence, a license in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imprimatur im-pri-mā′tur a license to print a book, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., let it be printed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit. 'let it be printed;' from L. imprimĕrein, on, premĕre, to press.


In literature:

Indeed, of the books for which I should find room there are a good few that bear the imprimatur of Bungay.
"And Even Now" by Max Beerbohm
But the new licenser refused his Imprimatur.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Vice-Chancellor's imprimatur (for it was printed at Oxford) is dated the 19th, 1713.
"Lives of the Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, and Others" by Samuel Johnson
I mean it depends on his permission; his imprimatur; his nihil obstat.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
The Editor wanted his imprimatur before the final printing.
"A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The imperial imprimatur is the only standard of canonicity.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
I was looking for the maker's imprimatur.
"Lady Larkspur" by Meredith Nicholson
They seem to bear upon them an "imprimatur" more powerful than any moral sanction.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Dr. Zahm's book, suppressed in Italian, received the proper "imprimatur" in English!
"Confessions of a Book-Lover" by Maurice Francis Egan
Work of men's hands they may be, but they bear the imprimatur of nature.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Another synod, held at Lugdunum in the same year, put also its imprimatur upon them.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
He scorned to write the bastard "O. K." of approval and wrote, instead, a stately "Imprimatur.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
It ran into four editions ('imprimatur, 5 November, 1663'); 4to, 1664; 1671; 1684; 1693.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
His book came into the public hands stamped with the imprimatur of official recognition.
"Charles Darwin" by Grant Allen
On the verso of the half-title is the Imprimatur, dated February 6, 1722.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
The imprimatur of the Bank of England was plainly to be seen, and the huge figures stood out boldly.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
He passed this section of work or that, and gave the other his imprimatur.
"Mushroom Town" by Oliver Onions
Imprimatur: S. Pepys, Reg.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby

In news:

Each issue carries an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The Soviet artist is so beholden to state subsidy, from quality of shelter to critical imprimatur, that the government's interference in the arts is a given.
Two hundred eighty-three drawings: all done in crayon and colored pencil on ledger paper bearing the imprimatur of Missouri State Hospital No.
But rarely has the imbibing had such an imprimatur as on Wednesday, when Gov Andrew M Cuomo held a summit meeting devoted to alcohol.
A swarm of Knicks, Clippers and Rockets players will soon descend on Las Vegas for two weeks of intense competition — only without coaches, contracts or the imprimatur of the N.B.A.
The first version of the CloudStack open-source cloud platform carrying the Apache Foundation imprimatur is now available for download.
With the imprimatur of no less than Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub 4 minute mile 47 years ago, the Peoples Beach to Beacon 10K and its attendant festivities once again went off without a hitch.
As corporate takeover games morph the old Impulse imprimatur into Verve, and the major's relentless publicity machines posture this as "Horace Silver's Verve debut".