see also: Imperial
  • IPA: /ɪmˈpɪ.ɹi.əl/


  1. Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      the imperial diadem of Rome
  2. Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.
  3. Very grand or fine.
  4. Of special, superior, or unusual size or excellence.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: royal
  • Russian: великоле́пный
Translations Noun


  1. A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liters of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. (paper, printing) A writing paper size measuring 30 × 22 inches, or printing paper measuring 32 × 22 inches.
  3. (card games, uncountable) A card game differing from piquet in some minor details, and in having a trump.
  4. (card games, countable) Any of several combinations of cards which score in this game.
  5. A crown imperial.
    • Is all too fettered for the poet's powers,
      Compelled to crowd his flush and airy flowers
      Like pots of tall imperials, ill at ease.
  6. A tuft of hair on the lower lip (so called from its use by Napoleon III).
    Synonyms: royal
  7. A kind of dome, as in Moorish buildings.
  8. (historical) An outside seat on a diligence.
  9. (countable, uncountable) A variety of green tea.


imperial (not comparable)

  1. (history) Synonym of Imperial Japanese
Proper noun
  1. A city in California
  2. A city/county seat in Chase County, Nebraska.
  3. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada
  4. Imperial College London.
  5. A census-designated place in Pennsylvania.
  6. A census-designated place in Texas.
  7. An unincorporated community in Virginia
  8. An unincorporated community in West Virginia

imperial (plural imperials)

  1. A large Bordeaux wine bottle with the capacity of about 6 liters, equivalent to 8 standard bottles.

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