- 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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Examples from the Web for imperially
To which he answers, imperially, "What do you prefer, playing golf?"French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver
May 17, 2014
Why had a woman so imperially endowed remained so long unmarried?The Mayor of Warwick
Herbert M. Hopkins
The taking of pictures by persons not imperially authorised is streng verboten.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
She walked away, imperially offended, and stood looking out of a window that faced the street.The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
The Police referred to was, of course, the then existing Police, imperially organized and controlled.The Framework of Home Rule
All the rest of the evening she seemed to grow statelier, colder, more dazzlingly and imperially regal.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man
Marie Conway Oemler
- 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 imperially
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.