see also: Empire
  • (RP) enPR ĕmʹpīə, IPA: /ˈɛmpaɪə/, /ˈɛmpaɪ.ə/
  • (GA) enPR ĕmʹpīr', IPA: /ˈɛmˌpaɪɹ/, /ˈɛmˌpaɪɚ/

empire (plural empires)

  1. A political unit, typically having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations (especially one comprising one or more kingdoms) and ruled by a single supreme authority.
    the Russian empire
  2. A political unit ruled by an emperor or empress.
    The Empire of Vietnam was a short-lived client state of Japan governing Vietnam between March 11 and August 23, 1945.
  3. A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
  4. An expansive and powerful enterprise under the control of one person or group.
    the McDonald's fast food empire
    • 2002, Evelyn L. Damore, The Rattle and Hiss of the Tin Gods, iUniverse (ISBN 9780595228447), page 111:
      “Revenues for Jackson's non-profit empire sky-rocketed from $4 million in 1997, to more than $14 million just two years later.”
    • 2009, Martin Short, The Rise of the Mafia, Kings Road Publishing (ISBN 9781843582236)
      The Mafia never forgave Castro but Lansky had already laid the foundations of a mob gambling empire all over the Caribbean […]
  5. (Absolute) control, dominion, sway.
    • 1881, François Guizot, The History of Civilization from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution..., page 122:
      The brutality, the unthinking, the unreflecting character of the barbarians were so great, that the new faith, the new feelings with which they had been inspired, exercised but a very slight empire over them.
    • 2010, Stefania Tutino, Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth, Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780199780587), page 270:
      […] could gain some political strength for the pope, but in so doing the pope would lose the uniqueness and supremacy of his empire over souls: […]
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: império
  • Russian: импе́рия

empire (not comparable)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Empire#English|Empire.

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛmpaɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛmpaɪɚ/

empire (not comparable)

  1. (fashion, furniture, art) Following or imitating a style popular during the First French Empire (1804–1814).
    1. (of a woman's dress) Having the waistline just below the bust; featuring an empire waist.
  2. (Britain, dated, of wine) Produced in a dependency of the British Empire or Commonwealth of Nations.
Proper noun
  1. CDP in Stanislaus County, California.
  2. CDP in Washoe County, Nevada.

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