Definition of Empire

1. Noun. The domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised.

Exact synonyms: Imperium
Generic synonyms: Demesne, Domain, Land
Specialized synonyms: Roman Empire, Egypt, Egyptian Empire, Persia, Persian Empire, Russia, Ottoman Empire, Turkish Empire
Derivative terms: Imperial

2. Noun. A group of countries under a single authority. "The British created a great empire"
Generic synonyms: Authorities, Government, Regime

3. Noun. A monarchy with an emperor as head of state.
Generic synonyms: Monarchy
Specialized synonyms: Mogul Empire, Second Empire
Derivative terms: Imperial

4. Noun. A group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization.
Exact synonyms: Conglomerate
Generic synonyms: Corp, Corporation
Specialized synonyms: Publishing Conglomerate, Publishing Empire
Derivative terms: Conglomerate

5. Noun. An eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple.
Generic synonyms: Dessert Apple, Eating Apple

Definition of Empire

1. n. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion.

Definition of Empire

1. Noun. A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority. ¹

2. Noun. A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power. ¹

3. Noun. A state ruled by an emperor. ¹

4. Noun. An expansive and wealthy corporation; e.g. "the McDonalds empire". ¹

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Definition of Empire

1. a major political unit [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Empire

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empire (current term)
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Literary usage of Empire

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1912)
"THROUGHOUT the Middle Ages the various peoples who entered Europe in the declining years of the Roman empire were uniting in definite groups and forming a ..."

2. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1921)
"13 We may note here briefly the very various nature of the constituents of the British empire in 1914. It was and is a quite unique political combination; ..."

3. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1904)
"It is an empire having its capital at Constantinople ; an empire not come suddenly into being in the year 395, at which point, for the sake of convenience, ..."

4. History: Fiction of Science? by Anatoly T. Fomenko (2005)
"CHAPTER The Middle Ages referred to as the Antiquity Mutual superimposition of the Second and the Third Roman empire, both of which become identified as the ..."

5. The Close of the Middle Ages, 1273-1494 by Richard Lodge (1904)
"And as the empire became more and more localised, so the German kingship became ... The imperial claims brought the empire into collision with the Papacy, ..."

6. The Close of the Middle Ages, 1272-1494 by Richard Lodge (1906)
"And as the empire became more and more localised, so the German kingship became steadily weaker ... Moreover, the empire carried with it the crown of Italy; ..."

7. A Short History of Italy: (476-1900) by Henry Dwight Sedgwick (1905)
"Europe was thus divided into two parts, the civilized and the Barbarian : one, a great Latin empire which rested upon slavery, and was governed by a highly ..."

8. A History of Greece: From Its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time, B by George Finlay (1877)
"Two facts form the basis of Greek history at the commencement of the Byzantine empire: the diminution in the numbers of the Hellenic race, ..."

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