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Meaning of IMPERIAL

Pronunciation:  im'peereeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach
  2. [n]  a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
  3. [adj]  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"
  4. [adj]  befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress; "imperial palace"
  5. [adj]  relating to or associated with an empire; "imperial colony"; "the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire"

IMPERIAL is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: Imperial beard, majestic, noble, purple, regal, royal
 See Also: baggage, beard, face fungus, luggage, whiskers



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*pe"ri*al\, a. [OE. emperial, OF. emperial, F.
    imp['e]rial, fr. L. imperialis, fr. imperium command,
    sovereignty, empire. See {Empire}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to an empire, or to an emperor; as, an
       imperial government; imperial authority or edict.
             The last That wore the imperial diadem of Rome.
    2. Belonging to, or suitable to, supreme authority, or one
       who wields it; royal; sovereign; supreme. ``The imperial
       democracy of Athens.'' --Mitford.
             Who, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns With an
             imperial voice.                       --Shak.
             To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free, These
             are imperial arts, and worthy thee.   --Dryden.
             He sounds his imperial clarion along the whole line
             of battle.                            --E. Everett.
    3. Of superior or unusual size or excellence; as, imperial
       paper; imperial tea, etc.
    {Imperial bushel}, {gallon}, etc. See {Bushel}, {Gallon},
    {Imperial chamber}, the, the sovereign court of the old
       German empire.
    {Imperial city}, under the first German empire, a city having
       no head but the emperor.
    {Imperial diet}, an assembly of all the states of the German
    {Imperial drill}. (Manuf.) See under 8th {Drill}.
    {Imperial eagle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Eagle}.
    {Imperial green}. See {Paris green}, under {Green}.
    {Imperial guard}, the royal guard instituted by Napoleon I.
    {Imperial weights and measures}, the standards legalized by
       the British Parliament.
  2. \Im*pe"ri*al\, n. [F. imp['e]riale: cf. Sp. imperial.]
    1. The tuft of hair on a man's lower lip and chin; -- so
       called from the style of beard of Napoleon III.
    2. An outside seat on a diligence. --T. Hughes.
    3. A luggage case on the top of a coach. --Simmonds.
    4. 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.
    5. A gold coin of Russia worth ten rubles, or about eight
       dollars. --McElrath.
    6. A kind of fine cloth brought into England from Greece. or
       other Eastern countries, in the Middle Ages.
  3. \Im*pe"ri*al\, n.
    A game at cards differing from piquet in some minor details,
    and in having a trump; also, any one of several combinations
    of cards which score in this game.
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