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im·pe·ri·al1

imperial1

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm pi ri l
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having to do with an empire or an emperor.
The imperial palace was large and beautiful.
definition 2: having to do with one country's control over other countries.
The saying, "The sun never sets on the British Empire" comes from a time when England had imperial rule over large parts of the world.
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Imperial and imperative come from imperare, a Latin word that means "to command."
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