adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

: of or relating to an empire or an emperor

Full Definition of IMPERIAL

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
a :  sovereign
b :  regal, imperious
:  of superior or unusual size or excellence
:  belonging to the official British series of weights and measures — see weight table
im·pe·ri·al·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of IMPERIAL

  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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism



Definition of IMPERIAL

capitalized :  an adherent or soldier of the Holy Roman emperor
:  emperor
[French impériale; from the beard worn by Napoléon III] :  a pointed beard growing below the lower lip
:  something of unusual size or excellence

First Known Use of IMPERIAL

circa 1524

Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, pocket, pomander, tonsorial
IMPERIAL[2] Defined for Kids


adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

Definition of IMPERIAL for Kids

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


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