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imperial

adjective im·pe·ri·al \ im-ˈpir-ē-əl \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of imperial

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
3 : of superior or unusual size or excellence
4 : belonging to the official British series of weights and measures — see Weights and Measures Table

imperially

play \im-ˈpir-ē-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

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Origin and Etymology of imperial

Middle English imperial, emperiall, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French emperial, imperiall, borrowed from Latin imperiālis "of the Roman emperor," from imperium "supreme administrative authority, power exercised by a Roman emperor" + -ālis 1-al — more at empire


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imperial

noun

Definition of imperial

1 capitalized : an adherent or soldier of the Holy Roman emperor
2 : emperor
3 : a pointed beard growing below the lower lip
4 : something of unusual size or excellence

Recent Examples of imperial from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of imperial

derivative of 1imperial, probably after Middle French imperiaux (plural); (sense 3) translation of French impériale


IMPERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

imperial

Definition of imperial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to an empire or an emperor


IMPERIAL Defined for Kids

imperial

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

Definition of imperial for Students

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


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