Definitions for empireˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10 also ɒmˈpɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•pireˈɛm 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.

    Category: Western History

  2. a government under an emperor or empress.

    Category: Western History

  3. (often cap.) the historical period during which a nation is under such a government:

    French furniture of the Second Empire.

    Category: Western History

  4. supreme power in governing; sovereignty; dominion.

    Category: Western History

  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.

    Category: Plants

  7. (adj.)(cap.) characteristic of or developed during the first French Empire, 1804–15.

    Category: Western History

  8. (usu. cap.) (of a gown) having a low-cut neckline and a high waistline from which the skirt hangs straight.

    Category: Clothing

  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.

    Category: Furniture

Origin of empire:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF < L imperium; see empery

Princeton's WordNet

  1. empire, imperium(noun)

    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised

  2. empire(noun)

    a group of countries under a single authority

    "the British created a great empire"

  3. empire(noun)

    a monarchy with an emperor as head of state

  4. conglomerate, empire(noun)

    a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization

  5. Empire(noun)

    an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. empire(noun)ˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10also ɒmˈpɪər

    a group of countries or regions ruled by one person or government

    the British Empire

  2. empireˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10also ɒmˈpɪər

    a group of successful companies owned by one person or company

    the head of her own fashion empire

Wiktionary

  1. empire(Noun)

    A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.

  2. empire(Noun)

    A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.

  3. empire(Noun)

    A state ruled by an emperor.

  4. empire(Noun)

    An expansive and wealthy corporation; e.g. "the McDonalds empire".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empire(noun)

    supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion

  2. Empire(noun)

    the dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire

  3. Empire(noun)

    any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason

Freebase

  1. Empire

    The term empire derives from the Latin imperium. Politically, an empire is a geographically extensive group of states and peoples united and ruled either by a monarch or an oligarchy. Aside from the traditional usage, the term empire can be used in an extended sense to denote a large-scale business enterprise, or a political organisation of either national-, regional- or city scale, controlled either by a person or a group authority. An imperial political structure is established and maintained in two ways: as a territorial empire of direct conquest and control with force, and as a coercive, hegemonic empire of indirect conquest and control with power. The former provides greater tribute and direct political control, yet limits further expansion because it absorbs military forces to fixed garrisons. The latter provides less tribute and indirect control, but avails military forces for further expansion. Territorial empires tended to be contiguous areas. The term on occasion has been applied to maritime empires or thalassocracies, with looser structures and more scattered territories.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. empire

    Any of a family of military simulations derived from a game written by Peter Langston many years ago. A number of multi-player variants of varying degrees of sophistication exist, and one single-player version implemented for both Unix and VMS; the latter is even available as MS-DOS/Windows freeware. All are notoriously addictive. Of various commercial derivatives the best known is probably “Empire Deluxe” on PCs and Amigas.Modern empire is a real-time wargame played over the internet by up to 120 players. Typical games last from 24 hours (blitz) to a couple of months (long term). The amount of sleep you can get while playing is a function of the rate at which updates occur and the number of co-rulers of your country. Empire server software is available for Unix-like machines, and clients for Unix and other platforms. A comprehensive history of the game is available at http://www.empire./definition/History. The Empire resource site is at http://www.empire.cx/.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'empire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2739

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'empire' in Nouns Frequency: #1147


Translations for empire

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

empire(noun)

a group of states etc under a single ruler or ruling power

the Roman empire.

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