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IMPERIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imperial mean? 

IMPERIAL (noun)
  The noun IMPERIAL has 2 senses:

1. a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
2. a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach

  Familiarity information: IMPERIAL used as a noun is rare.


IMPERIAL (adjective)
  The adjective IMPERIAL has 3 senses:

1. relating to or associated with an empire
2. befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress
3. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

  Familiarity information: IMPERIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPERIAL (noun)


Sense 1imperial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

imperial; imperial beard

Hypernyms ("imperial" is a kind of...):

beard; face fungus; whiskers (the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face)


Sense 2imperial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of luggage carried on top of a coach

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("imperial" is a kind of...):

baggage; luggage (a case used to carry belongings when traveling)


IMPERIAL (adjective)


Sense 1imperial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or associated with an empire

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

imperial colony / the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire

Pertainym:

empire (a monarchy with an emperor as head of state)


Sense 2imperial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

imperial palace

Pertainym:

emperor (the male ruler of an empire)


Sense 3imperial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

Synonyms:

regal; purple; majestic; imperial; royal

Context examples:

golden age of imperial splendor / purple tyrant / regal attire / treated with royal acclaim / the royal carriage of a stag's head

Similar:

noble (of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times)


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