Emperor

An emperor (through Old French empereor from Latin imperator) is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife (empress consort), mother (empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right (empress regnant). Emperors are generally recognized to be of a higher honor and rank than kings.

Currently, the Emperor of Japan is the only reigning monarch with the title.

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Famous quotes containing the word emperor:

    Even the emperor has straw-sandaled relatives.
    Chinese proverb.

    The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church.
    Ambrose (c. 333–397)

    The greater the privilege, the more hidden the arrogance. The Emperor of China need not exist.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)