[ im-peer-ee-uhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF imperials
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We warned the Imperials who were at that point, so they were quite prepared.

If anyone else does the same, I will pay him a hundred imperials.

Quick as thought, I cantered my horse into an orchard behind a farm house, where there was a battery of Imperials.

I have received my proportion, like the prodigious son, and am going with Sir Proteus to the Imperials court.

And now a heavy travelling-carriage, loaded with imperials and beset with boxes, was dragged up to the door by six smoking horses.

She had all the carriages inspected, and the imperials searched, for books she well knew had been left behind.

For many years, this variety stood foremost among the Imperials; but is now giving place to other and greatly superior sorts.

Are fellows who plunder carriages of portmanteaus, imperials, &c.

Some big fighting was in progress at St. Eloi, and the Imperials had planned a strong offensive movement.

Imperials relieved us on the St. Eloi front, and we were speedily conveyed by motor lorries and rushed up to the Ypres section.


late 14c., "having a commanding quality," from Old French imperial (12c.), from Latin imperialis "of the empire or emperor," from imperium (see empire). Meaning "pertaining to an empire" (especially the Roman) is from late 14c. Imperial presidency in a U.S. context traces to Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s book on the Nixon administration (1974). Related: Imperially.