What does Imperial mean?

Definitions for Imperial
ɪmˈpɪər i əlim·pe·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperial, imperial beardnoun

    a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III

  2. imperialadjective

    a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach

  3. imperialadjective

    relating to or associated with an empire

    "imperial colony"; "the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire"

  4. imperialadjective

    of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures

  5. imperialadjective

    befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress

    "imperial palace"

  6. imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royaladjective

    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"


  1. imperialnoun

    A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liters of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.

  2. imperialnoun

    A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.

  3. imperialadjective

    Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.

  4. imperialadjective

    Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.

  5. imperialadjective

    Very grand or fine.

  6. imperialadjective

    Of special, superior, or unusual size or excellence.

  7. Etymology: From imperialis, from imperium + -alis, from impero, from im- + paro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPERIALadjective

    Etymology: imperial, French; imperialis, Latin.

    Aim he took
    At a fair vestal, throned in the West;
    But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
    Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon,
    And the imperial vot'ress passed on
    In maiden meditation, fancy free. William Shakespeare.

    My due from thee is this imperial crown,
    Which, as immediate from thy place and blood,
    Derives itself to me. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The main body of the marching foe
    Against th' imperial palace is design'd. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab.

    You that are a sov'reign prince, allay
    Imperial pow'r with your paternal sway. Dryden.

    To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free,
    These are imperial arts, and worthy thee. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Imperial

    Imperial is that which relates to an empire, emperor, or imperialism.


  1. imperial

    Imperial refers to anything related to an empire, emperor, or the concept of domination and command. It is often used in the context of measurements to indicate a system used primarily in the UK that includes units such as inches, feet, and miles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperialadjective

    of or pertaining to an empire, or to an emperor; as, an imperial government; imperial authority or edict

  2. Imperialadjective

    belonging to, or suitable to, supreme authority, or one who wields it; royal; sovereign; supreme

  3. Imperialadjective

    of superior or unusual size or excellence; as, imperial paper; imperial tea, etc

  4. Imperialnoun

    the tuft of hair on a man's lower lip and chin; -- so called from the style of beard of Napoleon III

  5. Imperialnoun

    an outside seat on a diligence

  6. Imperialnoun

    a luggage case on the top of a coach

  7. Imperialnoun

    anything of unusual size or excellence, as a large decanter, a kind of large photograph, a large sheet of drowing, printing, or writing paper, etc

  8. Imperialnoun

    a gold coin of Russia worth ten rubles, or about eight dollars

  9. Imperialnoun

    a kind of fine cloth brought into England from Greece. or other Eastern countries, in the Middle Ages

  10. Etymology: [OE. emperial, OF. emperial, F. imprial, fr. L. imperialis, fr. imperium command, sovereignty, empire. See Empire.]


  1. Imperial

    Imperial was the Chrysler Corporation's luxury automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981 to 1983. The Imperial name had been used since 1926, but was never a separate make, just the top-of-the-line Chrysler. However, in 1955, the company decided to spin Imperial off as its own make and division to better compete with its rivals, Lincoln and Cadillac. Imperial would see new body styles introduced every two to three years, all with V8 engines and automatic transmissions, as well as technologies that would filter down to Chrysler corporation's other models.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imperial

    im-pē′ri-al, adj. pertaining to an empire or to an emperor: sovereign, supreme: commanding, of superior size or excellence.—n. a tuft of hair on the lower lip (from its use by Napoleon III.): a kind of dome, as in Moorish buildings: an outside seat on a diligence: a size of writing-paper, 22 × 30 in.; also of printing-paper, 22 × 32 in.—v.t. Impē′rialise, to make imperial.—ns. Impē′rialism, the power or authority of an emperor: the spirit of empire; Impē′rialist, one who belongs to an emperor: a soldier or partisan of an emperor; Imperial′ity, imperial power, right, or privilege.—adv. Impē′rially.—n. Impē′rium, a military chief command: empire.—Imperial city, Rome: one of those cities in the German Empire which owed allegiance to none but the emperor, which exercised suzerain rights within their own territories, and had the right of sitting and voting in the imperial diet; Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the Colonies, and India, an institution designed to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria (1887). [Fr.,—L. imperialisimperium, sovereignty.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Imperial

    The name given to the once fashionable chin tuft, after Napoleon III., who was the first to wear his beard in this diminutive fashion.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Imperial is ranked #17775 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Imperial surname appeared 1,576 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Imperial.

    38.5% or 608 total occurrences were Asian.
    28.3% or 446 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    27.2% or 429 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 53 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Imperial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3827

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Imperial' in Adjectives Frequency: #522

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Imperial in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Imperial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Imperial in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    I wouldn't throw around this term 'liberalism' about this short period. There was an Imperial Duma functioning in Russia before 1917 for 11 years and not one law could pass through without its approval, a few months under the Russian provisional government does not compare with this.

  2. Shinichi Hisadome:

    There have been cases of media self-restraint in the past, but they usually involved the imperial family, or, as after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, when media adopted a sober tone, i think this is the first time that criticism of the government itself has been so restrained.

  3. Yoshiie Horii:

    Japanese are in a festive mood, with the new imperial era beginning and the 10-day break, we think this holiday will spur consumer spending.

  4. Noel Duan:

    In imperial China, only the emperor was allowed to wear yellow, yellow was the most precious color, the most noble color.

  5. Hideya Kawanishi:

    Their relative youth is appealing and this is not something you could imagine the previous imperial couple ever doing, at least not so naturally.

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