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imperial1

[im-peer-ee-uh l] /ɪmˈpɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
of, like, or pertaining to an empire.
2.
of, like, or pertaining to an emperor or empress.
3.
characterizing the rule or authority of a sovereign state over its dependencies.
4.
of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler.
5.
of a commanding quality, manner, aspect, etc.
6.
domineering; imperious.
7.
befitting an emperor or empress; regal; majestic; very fine or grand; magnificent.
8.
of special or superior size or quality, as various products and commodities.
9.
(of weights and measures) conforming to the standards legally established in Great Britain.
noun
10.
a size of printing or drawing paper, 22 × 30 inches (56 × 76 cm) in England, 23 × 33 inches (58 × 84 cm) in America.
11.
imperial octavo, a size of book, about 8¼ × 11½ inches (21 × 29 cm), untrimmed, in America, and 7½ × 11 inches (19 × 28 cm), untrimmed, in England.
Abbreviation: imperial 8vo.
12.
imperial quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 11 × 15 inches (28 × 38 cm), untrimmed.
Abbreviation: imperial 4to.
13.
the top of a carriage, especially of a diligence.
14.
a case for luggage carried there.
15.
a member of an imperial party or of imperial troops.
16.
an emperor or empress.
17.
any of various articles of special size or quality.
18.
an oversized bottle used especially for storing Bordeaux wine, equivalent to 8 regular bottles or 6 liters (6.6 quarts).
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin imperiālis, equivalent to Latin imperi(um) imperium + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English emperial < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
imperially, adverb
imperialness, noun
Can be confused
imperative, imperial, imperious.
Synonyms
6. despotic, high-handed, authoritarian.
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British Dictionary definitions for imperial quarto

imperial

/ɪmˈpɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an empire, emperor, or empress
2.
characteristic of or befitting an emperor; majestic; commanding
3.
characteristic of or exercising supreme authority; imperious
4.
(esp of products and commodities) of a superior size or quality
5.
(usually prenominal) (of weights, measures, etc) conforming to standards or definitions legally established in Britain: an imperial gallon
noun
6.
any of various book sizes, esp 71/2 by 11 inches (imperial octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 11 by 15 inches (imperial quarto)
7.
a size of writing or printing paper, 23 by 31 inches (US and Canadian) or 22 by 30 inches (Brit)
8.
(formerly) a Russian gold coin originally worth ten roubles
9.
(US)
  1. the top of a carriage, such as a diligence
  2. a luggage case carried there
10.
(architect) a dome that has a point at the top
11.
a small tufted beard popularized by the emperor Napoleon III
12.
a member of an imperial family, esp an emperor or empress
13.
a red deer having antlers with fourteen points
Derived Forms
imperially, adverb
imperialness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin imperiālis, from Latin imperium command, authority, empire

Imperial

/ɪmˈpɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
(sometimes not capital) of or relating to a specified empire, such as the British Empire
noun
2.
a supporter or soldier of the Holy Roman Empire
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Word Origin and History for imperial quarto

imperial

adj.

late 14c., "having a commanding quality," from Old French imperial (12c.), from Latin imperialis "of the empire or emperor," from imperium (see empire). Meaning "pertaining to an empire" (especially the Roman) is from late 14c. Imperial presidency in a U.S. context traces to Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s book on the Nixon administration (1974). Related: Imperially.

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