imperial

1
[ im-peer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /

adjective

noun

Origin of imperial

1
1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin imperiālis, equivalent to Latin imperi(um) imperium + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English emperial < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

Related forms

im·pe·ri·al·ly, adverbim·pe·ri·al·ness, noun

Can be confused

imperative imperial imperious

Definition for imperial (2 of 3)

imperial

2
[ im-peer-ee-uh l ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /

noun

a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.

Origin of imperial

2
1835–45; < French impériale, noun use of feminine of impérial imperial1

Definition for imperial (3 of 3)

imperial

3
[ im-peer-ee-uh l ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /

noun

a Russian gold coin originally worth 10 rubles and from 1897 to 1917 worth 15 rubles.

Origin of imperial

3
1830–40; < Russian imperiálMedieval Latin imperiālis a coin, noun use of Late Latin imperiālis imperial1
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British Dictionary definitions for imperial (1 of 2)

imperial

/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Forms

imperially, adverbimperialness, noun

Word Origin for imperial

C14: from Late Latin imperiālis, from Latin imperium command, authority, empire

British Dictionary definitions for imperial (2 of 2)

Imperial

/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəl) /

adjective

(sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire

noun

a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire
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