AskDefine | Define imperial

Dictionary Definition

imperial adj
1 relating to or associated with an empire; "imperial colony"; "the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire"
2 befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress; "imperial palace"
3 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" [syn: majestic, purple, regal, royal]


1 a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III [syn: imperial beard]
2 a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin imperialis, from imperium, command, + adjective suffix -alis


  1. related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
  2. relating to the British imperial system of measurement.



Related terms


  1. A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liters of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. In the context of "paper|printing": A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.

Usage notes

A Champagne or Burgundy wine bottle with this volume would be called a Methuselah.

Extensive Definition

Imperial is a term that is used to describe something that relates to an empire, emperor, or the concept of imperialism.
Imperial may also refer to:



Standards and types


Imported Beer

Imperial Cerveza


imperial in German: Imperial
imperial in French: Imperial (homonymie)
imperial in Dutch: Imperial
imperial in Polish: Imperial
imperial in Portuguese: Imperial
imperial in Swedish: Imperial
imperial in Volapük: Imperial

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