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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”).
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- Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
- the imperial diadem of Rome
- Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.
- Very grand or fine.
- Of special, superior, or unusual size or excellence.
imperial (plural imperials)
- A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liters of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.
- (paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 by 22 inches.
- (card games, uncountable) A card game differing from piquet in some minor details, and in having a trump.
- (card games, countable) Any of several combinations of cards which score in this game.
imperial m, f (masculine and feminine plural imperials)
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”).
imperial m, f (plural imperiales)