imperial

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See also: Imperial and impérial

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English imperial, from Old French imperial, from Latin imperiālis (of the empire or emperor, imperial), from imperium (empire, imperial government) + -ālis, from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend). Displaced Old English cāserlīċ.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɪ.ɹi.əl/
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Adjective[edit]

imperial (comparative more imperial, superlative most imperial)

  1. Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
  2. Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.
  3. Very grand or fine.
  4. Of special, superior, or unusual size or excellence.

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Noun[edit]

imperial (countable and uncountable, plural imperials)

  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.
    • 1816, John Freeman Milward Dovaston, The Sonnet:
      There are who say the sonnet's meted maze
      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).
    Synonym: royal
  7. A kind of dome, as in Moorish buildings.
  8. (historical) An outside seat on a diligence or carriage.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 2, pages 134-135:
      ...and she was just in time to see Mr. Boyne Sillery hand her aunt into a carriage, jump in himself, when it drove off with a rapidity which scarcely allowed her to observe that a large imperial was on the top, and her aunt's servant, with a huge bandbox, on the dickey.
  9. (countable, uncountable) A variety of green tea.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin imperiālis.

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imperial (masculine and feminine plural imperials)

  1. imperial

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Galician[edit]

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imperial m or f (plural imperiais)

  1. imperial

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French imperial, emperial, from Latin imperiālis; equivalent to emperie +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /impɛriˈaːl/, /imˈpɛːrial/, /ɛm-/

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imperial (plural and weak singular imperiale)

  1. Imperial; related to or being of an empire or its ruler.
  2. Befitting or appropriate for someone of imperial rank; superb.
  3. Unsurpassed, unmatched; lacking an equal or equivalent.

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  • English: imperial
  • Scots: imperial

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin imperiālis.

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  • Hyphenation: im‧pe‧ri‧al

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imperial m or f (plural imperiais, comparable)

  1. imperial

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imperial f (plural imperiais)

  1. (Portugal, regional) draft beer
    • 2013, Afonso Cruz, Alice Vieira, André Gago, Catarina Fonseca, David Machado, Isabel Stidwell, José Fanha, A misteriosa mulher da ópera, Leya →ISBN, page 155
      «Traga-me mais uma imperial», disse eu ao empregado. Tinha uma praticamente cheia, mas não gosto de ser apanhado desprevenido. O Juvenal julgou que era para ele e agradeceu, eu disse-lhe «nada», e peguei na imperial, passei as ...
    Synonyms: (Portugal, regional) fino, (Brazil) chope

Further reading[edit]

  • imperial” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French impérial and Latin imperiālis.

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imperial m or n (feminine singular imperială, masculine plural imperiali, feminine and neuter plural imperiale)

  1. imperial

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Scots[edit]

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imperial (comparative mair imperial, superlative maist imperial)

  1. imperial

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin imperiālis (of the empire or emperor, imperial), from imperium (empire, imperial government) + -ālis, from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /impeˈɾjal/, [ĩm.peˈɾjal]

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imperial (plural imperiales)

  1. imperial

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