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 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
- 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 imperāre to command ; see emperor .
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)
Origin of EmpireAfter the Empire State, nickname for the state of New York, where it was developed
- 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