imperial Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"imperial" in British English

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imperialadjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.əl/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i-/

imperial adjective (EMPIRE)

belonging or ​relating to an empire or the ​person or ​country that ​rules it: Imperial ​China Britain's imperial past the Imperial ​palace imperial ​grandeur
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imperial adjective (MEASUREMENT)

The imperial ​system of ​measurement uses ​units such as inches, ​miles, and pints: Imperial ​units have in many ​cases been ​replaced by ​metricones in ​Britain.
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(Definition of imperial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imperial" in American English

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imperialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪmˈpɪər·i·əl/ usually disapproving
relating to a ​government or ​country that ​controls or ​rules other ​countries: imperial ​expansion of American ​power the imperial ​tradition of Britain
(Definition of imperial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"imperial" in Business English

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imperialadjective

uk   us   /ɪmˈpɪəriəl/ MEASURES
used to describe a UK ​system of ​measurement that uses ​units such as inches, ounces, and pints: Suppliers will be told to ​changelabels to imperial and ​metric on pre-packed ​foods.
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(Definition of imperial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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