from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Absolute rule; supreme power.
- n. A sphere of power or dominion; an empire.
- n. Law The right or power of a state to enforce the law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Supreme power; dominion.
- n. The right to command the force of the state, sovereignty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Supreme power; absolute dominion; empire.
- n. The right to command, which includes the right to employ the force of the state to enforce the laws. It is one of the principal attributes of the executive power.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a military chief command; specifically, the authority to command the national military forces, conferred by a special law upon a general or upon the governor of a province. See imperator.
- n. Empire; an empire
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. supreme authority; absolute dominion
- n. the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
Latin; see empire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin imperium ("power, command"), from imperō ("command, order"), from im- ("form of in") + parō ("prepare, arrange; intend"). (Wiktionary)