Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

imperial

play
adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

Simple Definition of imperial

  • : of or relating to an empire or an emperor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imperial

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, befitting, or suggestive of an empire or an emperor b (1) :  of or relating to the United Kingdom as distinguished from the constituent parts (2) :  of or relating to the Commonwealth of Nations and British Empire

  2. 2 a :  sovereign b :  regal, imperious

  3. 3 :  of superior or unusual size or excellence

  4. 4 :  belonging to the official British series of weights and measures — see weight table

imperially play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of imperial in a sentence

  1. a member of the imperial family

  2. <envisioned an imperial city that would rival the capitals of Europe for beauty and magnificence>



Origin of imperial

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin imperialis, from Latin imperium command, empire


First Known Use: 14th century


2

imperial

noun im·pe·ri·al

Definition of imperial

  1. 1 capitalized :  an adherent or soldier of the Holy Roman emperor

  2. 2 :  emperor

  3. 3 [French impériale; from the beard worn by Napoléon III] :  a pointed beard growing below the lower lip

  4. 4 :  something of unusual size or excellence



Circa 1524

First Known Use of imperial

circa 1524


IMPERIAL Defined for Kids

imperial

play
adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

Definition of imperial for Students

  1. :  of or relating to an empire or its ruler <the imperial palace>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up imperial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove soothe reduce perplex
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ