Empire meaning

ĕmpīr
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.

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An expansive and wealthy corporation.

The McDonald's fast food empire.

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Imperial or imperialistic sovereignty, domination, or control.

The extension of empire to distant lands.

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A variety of apple having dark red skin and white flesh.
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Of or characteristic of the first French Empire (1804-15) under Napoleon.
  • 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.
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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.

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Of, relating to, or characteristic of a neoclassic style, as in clothing or the decorative arts, prevalent in France during the early 1800s.
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Supreme rule; absolute power or authority; dominion.
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A state ruled by an emperor.
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An extensive social or economic organization under the control of a single person, family, or corporation.
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A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
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A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
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An extensive enterprise under a unified authority.

A publishing empire.

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Origin of empire

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin imperium from imperāre to command emperor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the Empire State, nickname for the state of New York, where it was developed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the First Empire of France (1804–1815)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin imperium, inperium (“command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire”), from imperare, inperare (“to command, order”), from in (“in, on”) + parare (“to make ready, order”).

    From Wiktionary