Meaning of “imperial” in the English Dictionary

"imperial" in British English

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imperialadjective

uk /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.əl/ us /ɪmˈpɪr.i.əl/

(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 /ɪmˈpɪəriəl/ us MEASURES

used to describe a UK system of measurement that uses units such as inches, ounces, and pints:

Suppliers will be told to change labels to imperial and metric on pre-packed foods.
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(Definition of “imperial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)