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Em·pire 1

 (ŏm-pîr′, ĕm′pīr′)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a neoclassic style, as in clothing or the decorative arts, prevalent in France during the early 1800s.

[After the First Empire, of France (1804-1815).]

Em·pire 2

 (ĕm′pīr′)
n.
A variety of apple having dark red skin and white flesh.

[After the Empire State, nickname for the state of New York, where it was developed.]

em·pire

 (ĕm′pīr′)
n.
1.
a. A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
b. The territory included in such a unit.
2. An extensive enterprise under a unified authority: a publishing empire.
3. Imperial or imperialistic sovereignty, domination, or control: the extension of empire to distant lands.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin imperium, from imperāre, to command; see emperor.]

empire

(ˈɛmpaɪə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an aggregate of peoples and territories, often of great extent, under the rule of a single person, oligarchy, or sovereign state
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any monarchy that for reasons of history, prestige, etc, has an emperor rather than a king as head of state
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the period during which a particular empire exists
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) supreme power; sovereignty
5. (Commerce) a large industrial organization with many ramifications, esp a multinational corporation
[C13: from Old French, from Latin imperium rule, from imperāre to command, from parāre to prepare]

Empire

(ˈɛmpaɪə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) See British Empire
2. (Historical Terms) French history
a. the period of imperial rule in France from 1804 to 1815 under Napoleon Bonaparte
b. Also called: Second Empire the period from 1852 to 1870 when Napoleon III ruled as emperor
adj
3. (Historical Terms) denoting, characteristic of, or relating to the British Empire
4. (Historical Terms) denoting, characteristic of, or relating to either French Empire, esp the first: in particular, denoting the neoclassical style of architecture and furniture and the high-waisted style of women's dresses characteristic of the period

em•pire

(ˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10 also ɒmˈpɪər)

n.
1. a group of nations, states, or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress, or other powerful sovereign, as the former British Empire.
2. a government under an emperor or empress.
3. (often cap.) the historical period during which a nation is under such a government: French furniture of the Second Empire.
4. supreme power in governing; sovereignty; dominion.
5. a large and powerful enterprise controlled by one person, family, or group: a shipping empire.
6. (cap.) a variety of apple somewhat resembling the McIntosh.
adj.
7. (cap.) characteristic of or developed during the first French Empire, 1804–15.
8. (usu. cap.) (of a gown) having a low-cut neckline and a high waistline from which the skirt hangs straight.
9. (cap.) of or designating the style of furniture and decoration prevailing in France and imitated in other countries c1800–30, characterized by massive furniture, extensive use of draperies, and the adoption of Roman, Greek, and sometimes Egyptian motifs.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin imperium; see empery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.empire - the domain ruled by an emperor or empressempire - the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
demesne, domain, land - territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
2.empire - a group of countries under a single authority; "the British created a great empire"
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
3.empire - a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
monarchy - an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
Mogul empire - an empire established by the Mogul conquerors of India that reigned from 1526 to 1857
Second Empire - the imperial government of Napoleon III in France from 1852-1870
4.empire - a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
corp, corporation - a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
publishing conglomerate, publishing empire - a conglomerate of publishing companies
5.Empire - an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple
dessert apple, eating apple - an apple used primarily for eating raw without cooking

empire

noun
1. kingdom, territory, province, federation, commonwealth, realm, domain, imperium (rare) the fall of the Roman empire
Related words
adjective imperial
Quotations
"All empire is no more than power in trust" [John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel]
Translations
إمْبَراطورِيَّهاِمْبراطُورِيَّة
říšeimpérium
imperiumrigeriget
imperio
imperiumikeisarikuntavaltakunta
carstvo
birodalomnagyhatalom
stórveldi á viîskiptasviîinustórveldi, heimsveldi
帝国
제국
imperium
imperijamonopolinė įmonė
impērija
impériumríša
cesarstvoimperij
imperiumkejsarrike
อาณาจักร
đế chế

Empire

[ˈempaɪəʳ] ADJ [costume, furniture] → estilo Imperio

empire

[ˈempaɪəʳ]
A. Nimperio m
B. CPD the Empire State N (US) → el estado de Nueva York

empire

[ˈɛmpaɪər] n
(= group of nations) → empire m
the Roman Empire → l'Empire romain
the British Empire → l'Empire britannique
(= group of companies) → empire m
a publishing empire → un empire de presse
a media empire → un empire médiatique

empire

n
Reich nt; (worldwide) → Weltreich nt, → Imperium nt; the Holy Roman Empiredas Heilige Römische Reich (deutscher Nation); the British Empiredas Britische Weltreich, das Empire
(fig, esp Comm) → Imperium nt; his business/publishing empiresein Geschäfts-/Verlagsimperium nt
adj attr EmpireEmpire-; Empire style/furnitureEmpirestil m/-möbel pl

empire

:
empire-builder
n (fig)jd, der sich ein kleines Imperium aufbaut
empire-building
n (fig)Schaffung feines eigenen kleinen Imperiums

empire

[ˈɛmpaɪəʳ] nimpero

empire

(ˈempaiə) noun
1. a group of states etc under a single ruler or ruling power. the Roman empire.
2. a large industrial organization controlling many firms. He owns a washing-machine empire.

empire

اِمْبراطُورِيَّة říše imperium Imperium αυτοκρατορία imperio valtakunta empire carstvo impero 帝国 제국 keizerrijk imperium imperium império империя kejsarrike อาณาจักร imparatorluk đế chế 帝国
References in classic literature ?
As time went on the Western Empire with Rome at its head declined and fell, while the Eastern Empire with Constantinople as its capital grew great.
A conversation between the author and a principal secretary, concerning the affairs of that empire.
Having decisively thrashed the great Russian Empire, Japan promptly set about dreaming a colossal dream of empire for herself.
Considering the difficulties which men have had to hold to a newly acquired state, some might wonder how, seeing that Alexander the Great became the master of Asia in a few years, and died whilst it was scarcely settled (whence it might appear reasonable that the whole empire would have rebelled), nevertheless his successors maintained themselves, and had to meet no other difficulty than that which arose among themselves from their own ambitions.
As they clustered around, almost fighting for the chance to kiss my hand, I saw again the vision of empire which I had thought faded forever.
To whom our Saviour calmly thus replied:-- "Thou neither dost persuade me to seek wealth For empire's sake, nor empire to affect For glory's sake, by all thy argument.
But there are no real grounds for imagining that Providence has vouchsafed them so distinguishing a protection, and from the wars with which this empire hath been shaken in these latter ages we may justly believe that, like all others, it has suffered its revolutions, and that the history of the Abyssins is corrupted with fables.
So that you may conclude, that no people overcharged with tribute, is fit for empire.
But above all things, he has taken the sole control of the empire of France into his hands and made it a tolerably free land--for people who will not attempt to go too far in meddling with government affairs.
This it is, that for ever keeps God's true princes of the Empire from the world's hustings; and leaves the highest honors that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass.
The ideas of men who speculate upon the dismemberment of the empire seem generally turned toward three confederacies -- one consisting of the four Northern, another of the four Middle, and a third of the five Southern States.
To historians who believe that Russia was shaped by the will of one man- Peter the Great- and that France from a republic became an empire and French armies went to Russia at the will of one man- Napoleon- to say that Russia remained a power because Napoleon had a bad cold on the twenty-fourth of August may seem logical and convincing.