imperial Definition

  • 1relating to an empire or its ruler
  • 2majestic, magnificent, or befitting an emperor
  • 3of or relating to the British Empire

Using imperial: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "imperial" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The imperial palace was a symbol of power and wealth.

  • Example

    The imperial family lived in luxury and extravagance.

  • Example

    The British imperial system was once used in many countries around the world.

imperial Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for imperial

Phrases with imperial

  • a city that served as the capital of an empire


    Rome was once the imperial city of the Roman Empire.

  • a system of units for measuring length, weight, and volume used mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom


    The recipe calls for two cups of flour, which is equivalent to 473 milliliters in the metric system.

  • a group of soldiers responsible for protecting the emperor or other high-ranking officials


    The imperial guard was known for their loyalty and bravery in battle.

Origins of imperial

from Old French 'empirel', from Latin 'imperialis', from 'imperium' meaning 'command, empire'


Summary: imperial in Brief

The term 'imperial' [ɪmˈpɪəriəl] refers to things related to empires or their rulers. It can describe something majestic or magnificent, such as an imperial palace or the imperial family. It can also refer to the British Empire or its system of measurement. Phrases like 'imperial city' and 'imperial guard' denote specific historical contexts.

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