• 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.
  • A political unit ruled by an emperor or empress.
  • 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.
  • (Absolute) control, dominion, sway.


  • Alternate spelling of Empire.


  • From Middle English empire, from Old French empire, empere, from Latin imperium, inperium, from imperare, inperare, from in + parare. empery, and imperium.

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