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.(noun)
An example of an empire is the area over which Alexander the Great ruled.
The definition of empire is something that relates to or is characteristic of Napoleon's French empire.(adjective)
An example of empire is an empire dress, a dress with a waistline gathered just under the breasts with a long flowing skirt.
See empire in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME & OFr < L imperium < imperare: see emperor
See empire in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin imperium
Origin: , from imperāre, to command; see emperor.
Origin: After the First Empire of France (1804-1815).
Origin: After the Empire State, nickname for the state of New York, where it was developed.
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