Empire - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈempaɪər|  American pronunciation of the word empire
Brit.  |ˈempaɪə|  British pronunciation of the word empire


- the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised (syn: imperium)
- a group of countries under a single authority
the British created a great empire
- a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
- a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization (syn: conglomerate)
- an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple

Extra examples

She built a tiny business into a worldwide empire.

He controlled a cattle empire in the heart of Texas.

Lower empire

The Roman Empire covered most of what is now Europe.

He wrote a well-known history of the British empire.

The book describes the empire's rise and fall.

The beautiful art reminds us of the glory of the empire.

What caused the breakup of the Roman Empire?

...historians attempting to pinpoint the Roman Empire's climacteric, that precise moment when it began its long downhill slide...

...the divarication of the various dialects of Latin that occurred with the decline of the Roman Empire...

...the soft, effete society that marked the final years of the Roman empire...

...the expiry of a great empire is always a cataclysmic event...

British imperialism created the enormous British Empire.

...the Holy Roman Empire was an ever-varying agglomerate of central European states that managed to survive for 1,000 years...

Anarchy reigned in the empire's remote provinces.

Word forms

singular: empire
plural: empires
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