Definition of empire
1 a (1) : a major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority; especially : one having an emperor as chief of state (2) : the territory of such a political unit b : something resembling a political empire; especially : an extensive territory or enterprise under single domination or control
2 : imperial sovereignty, rule, or dominion
3 capitalized [Empire State, nickname for New York] : a juicy apple with dark red skin that is a cross between a McIntosh apple and a Red Delicious apple
Examples of empire in a sentence
She built a tiny business into a worldwide empire.
He controlled a cattle empire in the heart of Texas.
Origin of empire
Middle English, from Anglo-French empire, empirie, from Latin imperium absolute authority, empire, from imperare to command — more at emperor
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Empire
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a style (as of clothing or furniture) popular in early 19th century France
Origin of empire
French, from (le premier) Empire the first Empire of France
First Known Use: 1860
Rhymes with empire
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EMPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of empire for Students
1 : a group of territories or peoples under one ruler <the Roman empire>
2 : a country whose ruler is called an emperor
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