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imperial

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adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

Definition of imperial

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, befitting, or suggestive of an empire or an emperorb (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. 2a :  sovereignb :  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

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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 and Etymology of imperial

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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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 English Language Learners

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imperial

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adjective im·pe·ri·al \im-ˈpir-ē-əl\

Definition of imperial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to an empire or an emperor


IMPERIAL Defined for Kids

imperial

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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>



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