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.
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 centimeters) in England, 23 × 33 inches (58 × 84 centimeters) in the United States.
imperial octavo, a size of book, about 8¼ × 11½ inches (21 × 29 centimeters), untrimmed, in the United States, and 7½ × 11 inches (19 × 28 centimeters), untrimmed, in England. Abbreviation: imperial 8vo
imperial quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 11 × 15 inches (28 × 38 centimeters), 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).
- im·pe·ri·al·ly, adverb
- im·pe·ri·al·ness, noun
Other definitions for imperial (2 of 3)
a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.
Other definitions for imperial (3 of 3)
a Russian gold coin originally worth 10 rubles and from 1897 to 1917 worth 15 rubles.
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How to use imperial in a sentence
That ultimately made British industry less competitive, Chambers says, as UK companies were sheltered behind imperial tariffs instead of going head-to-head with the likes of France, Germany, and Italy.What Dr. Martens’ IPO journey says about London’s financial future | John Detrixhe | January 23, 2021 | Quartz
Sinofuturism is also a way to consider what exactly is this imperial force that China’s becoming, and to provoke questions around that.“He put QR-coded wristbands on each of the chickens” | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Its rich history revolves around its role as a bustling imperial port city.World class: Remembering legendary travel writer Jan Morris | Liza Weisstuch | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
We focus rather on British colonial rule through imperial companies.How the colonial enterprise hard-wired violence into Nigeria’s governance | Benjamin Maiangwa | October 21, 2020 | Quartz
The live-action remake of the 1998 animated film, Mulan stars Liu Yifei as a young woman in imperial China who disguises herself as a man so she can take her aging father’s place in the emperor’s army.This is the most important movie weekend of the year | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Today, the imperial family can be found dining at Honke Owariya upon their return from Tokyo.
Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.
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 | Lloyd Green | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Japan had something called the imperial Rule Assistance Association.
And far from being secondary partners, Scots featured disproportionately in overseas imperial exploitation.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ripperda accompanied this unexpected refusal, with a laboured epistle to his imperial friend.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The hour was beyond the time in which he ought to have been in the imperial boudoir, to await the hand of his intended bride.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Vienna capitulated to the French, and Napoleon established his head quarters in the imperial palace of Schoenbrunn.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The imperial Parliament will never concede that right, nor will any Legislature similarly constituted.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
This chapel is situated near the imperial Palace, to which it is connected by means of a covered gallery.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for imperial (1 of 2)
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 Britain: an 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
- imperially, adverb
- imperialness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Imperial (2 of 2)
(sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire
a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire
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