empire

[ em-pahyuhr; for 8–10 also om-peer ]
/ ˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10 also ɒmˈpɪər /

noun

adjective

Origin of empire

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin imperium; see empery

Related forms

in·ter·em·pire, adjectivepre-Em·pire, adjectivepro·em·pire, adjective

Can be confused

empire umpire
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British Dictionary definitions for empire (1 of 2)

empire

/ (ˈɛmpaɪə) /

noun

an aggregate of peoples and territories, often of great extent, under the rule of a single person, oligarchy, or sovereign state
any monarchy that for reasons of history, prestige, etc, has an emperor rather than a king as head of state
the period during which a particular empire exists
supreme power; sovereignty
a large industrial organization with many ramifications, esp a multinational corporation

Related forms

Related adjective: imperial

Word Origin for empire

C13: from Old French, from Latin imperium rule, from imperāre to command, from parāre to prepare

British Dictionary definitions for empire (2 of 2)

Empire

/ (ˈɛmpaɪə) /

noun the Empire

French history
  1. the period of imperial rule in France from 1804 to 1815 under Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. Also called: Second Empire the period from 1852 to 1870 when Napoleon III ruled as emperor

adjective

denoting, characteristic of, or relating to the British Empire
denoting, characteristic of, or relating to either French Empire, esp the first: in particular, denoting the neoclassical style of architecture and furniture and the high-waisted style of women's dresses characteristic of the period
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