imperial


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

im·pe·ri·al

 (ĭm-pîr′ē-əl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of an empire or a sovereign, especially an emperor or empress: imperial rule; the imperial palace.
2. Ruling over extensive territories or over colonies or dependencies: imperial nations.
3.
a. Having supreme authority; sovereign.
b. Regal; majestic.
4. Outstanding in size or quality.
5. Of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures.
n.
1. An emperor or empress.
2. The top of a carriage.
3. Something outstanding in size or quality.
4. A variable size of paper, usually 23 by 33 inches (55.8 by 83.8 centimeters).
5. A pointed beard grown from the lower lip and chin.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin imperiālis, from imperium, command; see empire. N., sense 5, after the beard of Napoleon III.]

im·pe′ri·al·ly adv.

Imperial

(ɪmˈpɪərɪəl)
adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire
n
(Historical Terms) a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire

Imperial

(ɪmˈpɪərɪəl)
adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire
n
(Historical Terms) a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire

im•pe•ri•al1

(ɪmˈpɪər i əl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an empire or emperor.
2. characterizing the rule or authority of a sovereign state over its dependencies.
3. of a commanding quality, manner, or aspect.
4. regal.
5. of special or superior size or quality.
6. (of weights and measures) conforming to the nonmetric standards legally established in Great Britain.
n.
7. a member of an imperial party or of imperial troops.
8. an emperor or empress.
9. an article of exceptional size or quality.
[1325–75; Middle English emperial < Middle French < Late Latin imperiālis= Latin imperi(um) imperium + -ālis -al1]
im•pe′ri•al•ly, adv.

im•pe•ri•al2

(ɪmˈpɪər i əl)

n.
a small, pointed beard beneath the lower lip.
[1835–45; < French impériale, n. use of feminine of impérial imperial1 (after Napoleon III, who wore such a beard)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imperial - a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon IIIimperial - a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
beard, face fungus, whiskers - the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
2.imperial - a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach
baggage, luggage - cases used to carry belongings when traveling
Adj.1.imperial - relating to or associated with an empire; "imperial colony"; "the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire"
2.imperial - of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures
3.imperial - befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress; "imperial palace"
4.imperial - belonging to or befitting a supreme rulerimperial - belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler; "golden age of imperial splendor"; "purple tyrant"; "regal attire"; "treated with royal acclaim"; "the royal carriage of a stag's head"
noble - of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth"

imperial

adjective royal, regal, kingly, queenly, princely, sovereign, majestic, monarchial, monarchal the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Translations
إمبراطوري
císařskýříšský
kejser-kejserlig
kaiserlichimperial
birodalmi
keisara-, keisaralegur
imperatoriausimperialistasimperialistinisimperializmasimperijos
imperatora-impērijas-
cisársky
imparatorluğa ait

imperial

[ɪmˈpɪərɪəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= of empire, emperor) → imperial
2. (= imperious) → señorial
3. (Brit) [weights, measures] → británico
B. CPD imperial gallon N (Brit) → galón m inglés
imperial system Nsistema m británico de pesos y medidas
IMPERIAL SYSTEM
Aunque el sistema métrico decimal se implantó oficialmente en 1971 en el Reino Unido para medidas y pesos y es el que se enseña en los colegios, en el lenguaje cotidiano aún se sigue usando en muchos casos el llamado imperial system. Por ejemplo, en las tiendas se sigue pesando en libras (pounds) y la gente suele decir su peso en stones y pounds. La cerveza se mide en pintas (pints), las distancias en millas (miles) y la longitud, la altura o la profundidad en pies (feet) y pulgadas (inches).
En Estados Unidos el sistema imperial también se usa para todas las medidas y pesos, aunque la capacidad de la onza (ounce), del galón (gallon) y de la pinta (pint) es ligeramente inferior a la del Reino Unido. Por otro lado, en EE.UU. la gente mide su peso sólo en libras (pounds) y no en stones.

imperial

[ɪmˈpɪəriəi] adj
(connected with an empire)impérial(e)
(British) [measure] → impérial(e)

imperial

adj
(= of empire)Reichs-; (= of emperor)kaiserlich, Kaiser-; imperial Romedas Rom der Kaiserzeit; His Imperial HighnessSeine Kaiserliche Majestät; imperial eagleKaiseradler m
(= of British Empire)Empire-, des Empire
(= lordly, majestic)majestätisch, gebieterisch
weights, measuresenglisch

imperial

[ɪmˈpɪərɪəl] adj (gen) → imperiale; (imperious) → imperioso/a (Brit) (weights, measures) misurato secondo un sistema non metrico

imperial

(imˈpiəriəl) adjective
of an empire or an emperor. the imperial crown.
imˈperialism noun
(belief in) the policy of having or extending control over the territory of other nations.
imˈperialist noun, adjective
References in classic literature ?
I've seen the imperial family several times, the emperor an ugly, hard-looking man, the empress pale and pretty, but dressed in bad taste, I thought--purple dress, green hat, and yellow gloves.
Harling, therefore, seemed to me autocratic and imperial in his ways.
By good rights he should only be treated of in imperial folio.
His father, and his father's father before him, and as many ancestors back as legend could go, had lived in that part of Lithuania known as Brelovicz, the Imperial Forest.
But I was the only person in all that throng who knew the meaning of this mighty birth, and what this imperial magician was come into the world to do.
Why didn't you ask for the imperial revenues at once, and be done with it?
A crimson velvet robe, and a shawl turban of some gold-wrought Indian fabric, invested her (I suppose she thought) with a truly imperial dignity.
Indeed, had I realised how superbly impressive they were going to be, I think I must have declined the adventure altogether,--for, robed in lustrous ivory-white linen were those figures of undress marble, the wealth of their glorious bodies pressing out into bosoms magnificent as magnolias (nobler lines and curves Greece herself has never known), towering in throats of fluted alabaster, and flowering in coiffures of imperial gold.
Then strait commands that at the warlike sound Of Trumpets loud and Clarions be upreard His mighty Standard; that proud honour claim'd AZAZEL as his right, a Cherube tall: Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld Th' Imperial Ensign, which full high advanc't Shon like a Meteor streaming to the Wind With Gemms and Golden lustre rich imblaz'd, Seraphic arms and Trophies: all the while Sonorous mettal blowing Martial sounds: At which the universal Host upsent A shout that tore Hells Concave, and beyond Frighted the Reign of CHAOS and old Night.
Nevertheless, spite of this imperial objurgation, the short cloaks continued in fashion down to the time of which we treat, and particularly among the princes of the House of Anjou.
After some time, when they observed that I made no more demands for meat, there appeared before me a person of high rank from his imperial majesty.
For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.