- A royal government with control over an empire is an example of an imperial government.
- A person with a domineering and controlling manner is an example of someone who would be described as having an imperial personality.
- A mansion that is magnificent and impresses everyone is an example of an imperial mansion.
- of an empire
- of a country having control or sovereignty over other countries or colonies
- of, or having the rank of, an emperor or empress
- having supreme authority; sovereign
- majestic; august
- of great size or superior quality
- of or pertaining to the Commonwealth
- according to the standard of weights and measures set by British law and used in Great Britain, Canada, and some other countries
Origin of imperialOld French ; from Classical Latin imperialis ; from imperium, empire
- a supporter or a soldier of any of the Holy Roman emperors
- the roof or top of a coach, or a luggage case carried on it
- an article of great size or superior quality
- a size of writing paper measuring 23 by 31 inches (in England, 22 by 30 or 32 inches)
Origin of imperialafter the emperor Louis Napoleon, who set this fashion a pointed tuft of beard on the lower lip and chin
- Of, relating to, or suggestive of an empire or a sovereign, especially an emperor or empress: imperial rule; the imperial palace.
- Ruling over extensive territories or over colonies or dependencies: imperial nations.
- a. Having supreme authority; sovereign.b. Regal; majestic.
- Outstanding in size or quality.
- Of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures.
- An emperor or empress.
- The top of a carriage.
- Something outstanding in size or quality.
- A variable size of paper, usually 23 by 33 inches (55.8 by 83.8 centimeters).
- A pointed beard grown from the lower lip and chin.
Origin of imperialMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin imperialis, from imperium, command; see empire. N., sense 5, after the beard of Napoleon III.
(comparative more imperial, superlative most imperial)
From Old French imperial, from Latin imperiālis (“of the empire or emperor, imperial”), from imperium (“empire, imperial government”) + -ālis, from imperō (“command, order”), from im- (“form of in”) + parō (“prepare, arrange; intend”).