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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
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to an empire, emperor, or empress
2. characteristic of or befitting an emperor; majestic; commanding
3. characteristic of or exercising supreme authority; imperious
4. (Commerce) (esp of products and commodities) of a superior size or quality
5. (Units) (usually prenominal) (of weights, measures, etc) conforming to standards or definitions legally established in Britain: an imperial gallon.
n
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) any of various book sizes, esp 7 by 11 inches (imperial octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 11 by 15 inches (imperial quarto)
7. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a size of writing or printing paper, 23 by 31 inches (US and Canadian) or 22 by 30 inches (Brit)
8. (Currencies) (formerly) a Russian gold coin originally worth ten roubles
9.
a. the top of a carriage, such as a diligence
b. a luggage case carried there
10. (Architecture) architect a dome that has a point at the top
11. (Clothing & Fashion) a small tufted beard popularized by the emperor Napoleon III
12. (Historical Terms) a member of an imperial family, esp an emperor or empress
13. (Animals) a red deer having antlers with fourteen points
[C14: from Late Latin imperiālis, from Latin imperium command, authority, empire]
imˈperially adv
imˈperialness n

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
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By good rights he should only be treated of in imperial folio.
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.
His imperial majesty spoke often to me, and I returned answers: but neither of us could understand a syllable.
My esteemed little Nightingale,' said the First Lord, 'I have the great pleasure to invite you to Court this evening, where His Gracious Imperial Highness will be enchanted with your charming song
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