- of, like, or pertaining to an empire.
- of, like, or pertaining to an emperor or empress.
- characterizing the rule or authority of a sovereign state over its dependencies.
- of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler.
- of a commanding quality, manner, aspect, etc.
- domineering; imperious.
- befitting an emperor or empress; regal; majestic; very fine or grand; magnificent.
- of special or superior size or quality, as various products and commodities.
- (of weights and measures) conforming to the standards legally established in Great Britain.
- a size of printing or drawing paper, 22 × 30 inches (56 × 76 cm) in England, 23 × 33 inches (58 × 84 cm) in America.
- imperial octavo, a size of book, about 8¼ × 11½ inches (21 × 29 cm), untrimmed, in America, and 7½ × 11 inches (19 × 28 cm), untrimmed, in England. Abbreviation: imperial 8vo
- imperial quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 11 × 15 inches (28 × 38 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: imperial 4to
- the top of a carriage, especially of a diligence.
- a case for luggage carried there.
- a member of an imperial party or of imperial troops.
- an emperor or empress.
- any of various articles of special size or quality.
- an oversized bottle used especially for storing Bordeaux wine, equivalent to 8 regular bottles or 6 liters (6.6 quarts).
Origin of imperial1
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- a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.
Origin of imperial2
- a Russian gold coin originally worth 10 rubles and from 1897 to 1917 worth 15 rubles.
Origin of imperial3
Examples from the Web for imperial
Today, the Imperial family can be found dining at Honke Owariya upon their return from Tokyo.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
Whether the country or the courts buy into his imperial tantrum remains to be seen.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
November 24, 2014
Japan had something called the Imperial Rule Assistance Association.Dole, Nazis, and Desperation in Kansas
September 26, 2014
It was Scottish imperial pursuits that supplied the capital needed for industry, all while concentrating wealth in fewer hands.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
The former resembles the imperial palace at Schonbrun, but smaller.
There are some who challenge the expediency of the Imperial character of this realm.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
His imperial intelligence, however, was too heavy a handicap.The Man Shakespeare
Let them think of the glory of Athens, and her imperial fame.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The Imperial power had been asserted, but the cost was heavy.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- of or relating to an empire, emperor, or empress
- characteristic of or befitting an emperor; majestic; commanding
- characteristic of or exercising supreme authority; imperious
- (esp of products and commodities) of a superior size or quality
- (usually prenominal) (of weights, measures, etc) conforming to standards or definitions legally established in Britainan imperial gallon
- any of various book sizes, esp 7 1/2 by 11 inches (imperial octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 11 by 15 inches (imperial quarto)
- a size of writing or printing paper, 23 by 31 inches (US and Canadian) or 22 by 30 inches (Brit)
- (formerly) a Russian gold coin originally worth ten roubles
- the top of a carriage, such as a diligence
- a luggage case carried there
- architect a dome that has a point at the top
- a small tufted beard popularized by the emperor Napoleon III
- a member of an imperial family, esp an emperor or empress
- a red deer having antlers with fourteen points
- (sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire
- a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire
Word Origin and History for imperial
late 14c., "having a commanding quality," from Old French imperial (12c.), from Latin imperialis "of the empire or emperor," from imperium (see empire). Meaning "pertaining to an empire" (especially the Roman) is from late 14c. Imperial presidency in a U.S. context traces to Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s book on the Nixon administration (1974). Related: Imperially.