From Middle Englishempire, from Old Frenchempire, empere, from Latinimperium, inperium(“command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire”), from imperare, inperare(“to command, order”), from in(“in, on”) + parare(“to make ready, order”). Doublet of empery and imperium.
A political unit, typically having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations (especially one comprising one or more kingdoms) and ruled by a single supreme authority.
the Russian empire
A political unit ruled by an emperor or empress.
The Empire of Vietnam was a short-lived client state of Japan governing Vietnam between March 11 and August 23, 1945.
A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
An expansive and powerful enterprise under the control of one person or group.
the McDonald's fast food empire
2002, Evelyn L. Damore, The Rattle and Hiss of the Tin Gods, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 111:
“Revenues for Jackson's non-profit empire sky-rocketed from $4 million in 1997, to more than $14 million just two years later.”
2009, Martin Short, The Rise of the Mafia, Kings Road Publishing (→ISBN)
The Mafia never forgave Castro but Lansky had already laid the foundations of a mob gambling empire all over the Caribbean […]
(Absolute) control, dominion, sway.
1881, François Guizot, The History of Civilization from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution..., page 122:
The brutality, the unthinking, the unreflecting character of the barbarians were so great, that the new faith, the new feelings with which they had been inspired, exercised but a very slight empire over them.
2010, Stefania Tutino, Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth, Oxford University Press (→ISBN), page 270:
[…] could gain some political strength for the pope, but in so doing the pope would lose the uniqueness and supremacy of his empire over souls: […]
empire in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
empire in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
empire at OneLook Dictionary Search
empire (not comparable)
Alternative letter-case form of Empire.
E-Prime, epimer, permie, premie
IPA(key): /ˈempire/, [ˈe̞mpire̞]
(architecture) Empire style
From Old French, from Latinimperium.
first-person singular present indicative of empirer
third-person singular present indicative of empirer
first-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
third-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
second-person singular imperative of empirer
“empire” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From Vulgar Latin*implīre, present active infinitive of *impliō, from Latinimpleō.
Borrowed from Old Frenchempire, empere, from Latinimperium, inperium(“command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire”), from imperare, inperare(“to command, order”), from in(“in, on”) + parare(“to make ready, order”). Doublet of emperie.