An old map showing the Roman Empire.
- The definition of empire is something that relates to or is characteristic of Napoleon's French empire.
An example of empire is an empire dress, a dress with a waistline gathered just under the breasts with a long flowing skirt.
- An empire is defined as a political unit or territory or large geographic area under a unified or supreme authority, often an emperor or empress.
An example of an empire is the area over which Alexander the Great ruled.
- supreme rule; absolute power or authority; dominion
- government by an emperor or empress
- the period during which such government prevails
- a group of states or territories under the sovereign power of an emperor or empress
- a state uniting many territories and peoples under a single sovereign power
- an extensive social or economic organization under the control of a single person, family, or corporation
Origin of empireMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin imperium ; from imperare: see emperor
- designating a style of furniture of this period, characterized by massiveness, bronze ornamentation, and motifs of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt
- designating a gown in the style of the period, with a short waist, décolleté bodice, flowing skirt, and short, puffed sleeves
Origin of EmpireAfter the Empire, State, nickname for the state of New York, where it was developed.
Origin of EmpireAfter the First Empire, of France (1804–1815).
top: portrait of Désirée Clary (1777–1860), crowned Queen of Sweden in 1829, by François Gerard (1770–1837)
bottom: c. 1804 chair from the boudoir of Josephine Bonaparte, from the shop of Georges Jacob (1739–1814) and his son François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (1770–1841)
- a. A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.b. The territory included in such a unit.
- An extensive enterprise under a unified authority: a publishing empire.
- Imperial or imperialistic sovereignty, domination, or control: the extension of empire to distant lands.
Origin of empireMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin imperium, from imper&amacron;re, to command; see emperor.
- A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
- A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
- A state ruled by an emperor.
- An expansive and wealthy corporation.
- the McDonald's fast food empire