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emperornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈem.pər.ər/ us /ˈem.pɚ.ɚ/

C1 a male ruler of an empire

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  • Emperor Qin was worried about the kingdoms to the north of China, especially Mongolia. 
  • Emperor Shah Jahan loved his wife very much. 
  • He became emperor in 27 BCE. 
  • In 1922, the government changed and there were no more emperors. 
  • It is difficult to be sure about things that happened so long ago, but there are many stories of crazy things that emperors did. 
  • Later, between 1368 and 1644, the Ming emperors made the wall longer. 
  • Now the soldiers themselves live the life of emperors. 
  • People in every part of the Roman Empire knew what the emperor looked like. 
  • Qin was emperor for only 12 years. 
  • Some say the doctors made a mistake, but some believe they wanted to kill the emperor. 
  • The Romans put a picture of the emperor on their coins. 
  • The emperor wanted to live for many thousands of years. 
  • The emperor was so sad that he wanted to build a beautiful temple for her. 
  • The first Roman emperor was a man called Octavius Augustus. 
  • The leader was called an emperor or an empress. 
  • There were about 130 emperors in the history of the empire. 
  • An emperor does not like to be reminded of a very humble past, and he is liable also to fear the rivalry of men who formerly were his equals. 
  • But it is very early yet, and an hour may elapse before the emperor makes his appearance. 
  • For Napoleon was no longer emperor, and I would not serve the king who succeeded him. 
  • He was a great man, but not pre-eminently a great emperor. 
  • Whether he was a pretender or imagined that he was an emperor no one knew or seemed to care. 

(Definition of “emperor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"emperor" in American English

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emperornoun [ C ]

us /ˈem·pər·ər/

a male ruler of an empire

(Definition of “emperor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)