imperial

Imperial carries the implication of royalty, usually pertaining to an empire; the emperor or empress is referred to as "your imperial highness."

The word imperial has a lofty feel, and though it's often used of royalty, it is sometimes used to refer to anything extremely large or impressive. It was once the name of a large suitcase that was too big to fit inside a coach and so was tied on top. Think of something imperial as being something so upper-class that it's almost to the point of royalty — and sometimes almost to the point of being a joke.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: imperial

1
adjn
relating to or associated with an empire
a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
2
adj
of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures
3
n
a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: imperial
1

adj relating to or associated with an empire

imperial colony”
“the imperial gallon was standardized legally throughout the British Empire”

adj befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress

imperial palace”

adj belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

“golden age of imperial splendor”
Synonyms:
majestic, purple, regal, royal
noble
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

n a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III

Synonyms:
imperial beard
Type of:
beard, face fungus, whiskers
the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
2

adj of or belonging to the British Imperial System of weights and measures

3

n a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach

Type of:
baggage, luggage
cases used to carry belongings when traveling
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