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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 17th century


(in singular) A person's acceptance or guarantee that something is of a good standard.


An official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.

Examples of Imprimatur in a sentence

"Father Matthews decided to seek an imprimatur for his book on religious symbols in the Catholic faith."

"His debut novel was marked with an imprimatur from the bestselling horror writer of the decade."

About Imprimatur

This word developed from the Latin word “imprimere” (let it be printed).

Did you Know?

The blurb is an example of imprimatur in the literary world. A blurb is a short promotional piece that accompanies a work; on a book, it can usually be found on the dust jacket, the back of the book, or sometimes on the cover. Seeing a blurb from a famous author or celebrity may persuade more people to buy and read it.

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