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[em-pahyuh r; for 8–10 also om-peer] /ˈɛm paɪər; for 8–10 also ɒmˈpɪər/

a group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress, or other powerful sovereign or government: usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom, as the former British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire, Byzantine Empire, or Roman Empire.
a government under an emperor or empress.
(often initial capital letter) the historical period during which a nation is under such a government:
a history of the second French empire.
supreme power in governing; power; sovereignty:
Austria’s failure of empire in central Europe.
supreme control; absolute sway:
passion’s empire over the mind.
a powerful and important enterprise or holding of large scope that is controlled by a single person, family, or group of associates:
The family’s shipping empire was founded 50 years ago.
(initial capital letter) a variety of apple somewhat resembling the McIntosh.
(initial capital letter) characteristic of or developed during the first French Empire, 1804–15.
(usually initial capital letter) (of women’s attire and coiffures) of the style that prevailed during the first French Empire, in clothing being characterized especially by décolletage and a high waistline, coming just below the bust, from which the skirt hangs straight and loose.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the style of architecture, furnishings, and decoration prevailing in France and imitated to a greater or lesser extent in various other countries, c1800–30: characterized by the use of delicate but elaborate ornamentation imitated from Greek and Roman examples or containing classical allusions, as animal forms for the legs of furniture, bas-reliefs of classical figures, motifs of wreaths, torches, caryatids, lyres, and urns and by the occasional use of military and Egyptian motifs and, under the Napoleonic Empire itself, of symbols alluding to Napoleon I, as bees or the letter N.
an aggregate of peoples and territories, often of great extent, under the rule of a single person, oligarchy, or sovereign state
any monarchy that for reasons of history, prestige, etc, has an emperor rather than a king as head of state
the period during which a particular empire exists
supreme power; sovereignty
a large industrial organization with many ramifications, esp a multinational corporation
noun the Empire
See British Empire
(French history)

denoting, characteristic of, or relating to the British Empire
denoting, characteristic of, or relating to either French Empire, esp the first: in particular, denoting the neoclassical style of architecture and furniture and the high-waisted style of women’s dresses characteristic of the period

early 14c., from Old French empire “rule, authority, kingdom, imperial rule,” from Latin imperium “rule, command,” from imperare “to command,” from im- “in” (see in- (2)) + parare “to order, prepare” (see pare).

Not etymologically restricted to “territory ruled by an emperor,” but used that way. The Empire, meaning “the British Empire,” first recorded 1772 (it officially devolved into “The Commonwealth” in 1931); before that it meant the Holy Roman Empire (1670s). Empire style (especially in reference to a style of dresses with high waistlines) is 1869, from the Second Empire “rule of Napoleon III of France” (1852-70). New York has been called the Empire State since 1834.

Any of a family of military simulations derived from a game written by Peter Langston many years ago. Five or six multi-player variants of varying degrees of sophistication exist, and one single-player version implemented for both Unix and VMS; the latter is even available as MS-DOS freeware. All are notoriously addictive.
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