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Definition of Imperial

Imperial

  1. Of or pertaining to an empire, or to an emperor; as, an imperial government; imperial authority or edict.
  2. Belonging to, or suitable to, supreme authority, or one who wields it; royal; sovereign; supreme.
  3. Of superior or unusual size or excellence; as, imperial paper; imperial tea, etc.
  4. The tuft of hair on a man's lower lip and chin; -- so called from the style of beard of Napoleon III.
  5. An outside seat on a diligence.
  6. A luggage case on the top of a coach.
  7. 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.
  8. A gold coin of Russia worth ten rubles, or about eight dollars.
  9. A kind of fine cloth brought into England from Greece. or other Eastern countries, in the Middle Ages.
  10. 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.

Imperial Quotations

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
Queen Elizabeth II

History demonstrates that previous military drawdowns invited aggression by our enemies. After World War I, America drew down forces until the U.S. Army had fewer than 100,000 men in uniform. That weakness invited Nazi aggression in Europe and the imperial Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
Frank Gaffney

Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor's son to marry.
Elizabeth I

Fundamental systemic crises are often associated with the decline of the dominant imperial power and its increasing inability to sustain the system over which it had previously presided. The profound instability of the interwar period owed much to Britain's inability to maintain its role.
Martin Jacques

Colonialism bred an innate arrogance, but when you undertake that sort of imperial adventure, that arrogance gives way to a feeling of accommodativeness. You take pride in your openness.
Wole Soyinka
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Imperial Translations

imperial in German is kaiserlich
imperial in Norwegian is keiserlig
imperial in Spanish is imperial
imperial in Swedish is kejserlig
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