imperial

1
[im-peer-ee-uhl]

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 formsim·pe·ri·al·ly, adverbim·pe·ri·al·ness, noun
Can be confusedimperative imperial imperious

Synonyms for imperial

imperial

2
[im-peer-ee-uh l]

noun

a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.

Origin of imperial

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

imperial

3
[im-peer-ee-uh l]

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

imperial

adjective

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

noun

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
US
  1. the top of a carriage, such as a diligence
  2. 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
Derived Formsimperially, adverbimperialness, noun

Word Origin for imperial

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

Imperial

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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Word Origin and History for imperial
adj.

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.

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