empire

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noun em·pire \ˈem-ˌpī(-ə)r\

Definition of empire

  1. 1a (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 unitb :  something resembling a political empire; especially :  an extensive territory or enterprise under single domination or control

  2. 2 :  imperial sovereignty, rule, or dominion

  3. 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

  1. She built a tiny business into a worldwide empire.

  2. He controlled a cattle empire in the heart of Texas.

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Origin and Etymology 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


Empire

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adjective Em·pire \ˈäm-ˌpir, ˈem-ˌpī(-ə)r\

Definition of Empire

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a style (as of clothing or furniture) popular in early 19th century France

Origin and Etymology of empire

French, from (le premier) Empire the first Empire of France


First Known Use: 1852

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EMPIRE Defined for Kids

empire

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noun em·pire \ˈem-ˌpīr\

Definition of empire for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of territories or peoples under one ruler the Roman empire

  2. 2 :  a country whose ruler is called an emperor



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