Imperial definition

ĭm-pîrē-əl
An emperor or empress.
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Of, or having the rank of, an emperor or empress.
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The definition of imperial is something magnificent, domineering or related to an empire.

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.

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Of an empire.
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Outstanding in size or quality.
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Of a country having control or sovereignty over other countries or colonies.
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Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.
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Of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures.
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Having supreme authority; sovereign.
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Regal; majestic.
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The top of a carriage.
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Something outstanding in size or quality.
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A pointed beard grown from the lower lip and chin.
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Having supreme authority; sovereign.
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Of great size or superior quality.
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Majestic; august.
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Imperious.
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Of or pertaining to the Commonwealth.
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According to the standard of weights and measures set by British law and used in Great Britain, Canada, and some other countries.
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A supporter or a soldier of any of the Holy Roman emperors.
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The roof or top of a coach, or a luggage case carried on it.
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An article of great size or superior quality.
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A size of writing paper measuring 23 by 31 inches (in England, 22 by 30 or 32 inches)
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A pointed tuft of beard on the lower lip and chin.
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Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
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A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liters of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.
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(paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.
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Of, relating to, or suggestive of an empire or a sovereign, especially an emperor or empress.

Imperial rule; the imperial palace.

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Ruling over extensive territories or over colonies or dependencies.

Imperial nations.

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A variable size of paper, usually 23 by 33 inches (55.8 by 83.8 centimeters).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
imperial
Plural:
imperials

Origin of imperial

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin imperiālis from imperium command empire N., sense 5, after the beard of Napoleon III

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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary