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imperial

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[ im-peer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of imperial

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First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Late Latin imperiālis, equivalent to Latin imperi(um) “supreme authority, rule, empire” + -ālis adjective suffix; replacing Middle English emperial, from Middle French, from Late Latin, as above; see origin at imperium, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM imperial

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imperial

imperative, imperial , imperious

Other definitions for imperial (2 of 3)

imperial2
[ im-peer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /

noun
a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.

Origin of imperial

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First recorded in 1835–45; from French impériale, noun use of feminine of impérial; see imperial1

Other definitions for imperial (3 of 3)

imperial3
[ im-peer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əl /

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

Origin of imperial

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First recorded in 1760–70; from Russian imperiál, ultimately from Medieval Latin imperiālis a coin, noun use of Late Latin imperiālis; see imperial1
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British Dictionary definitions for imperial (1 of 2)

imperial
/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəl) /

adjective
noun

Derived forms of imperial

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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