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[eem-pe-ryah] /imˈpɛ ryɑ/

a seaport in NW Italy.
[im-peer-ee-uh m] /ɪmˈpɪər i əm/
noun, plural imperia
[im-peer-ee-uh] /ɪmˈpɪər i ə/ (Show IPA), imperiums.
command; supreme power.
area of dominion; sphere of control or monopoly; empire.
a nation having or exerting supreme power; superpower.
Law. the right to command the force of the state in order to enforce the law.
the plural of imperium
noun (pl) -ria (-rɪə)
(in ancient Rome) the supreme power, held esp by consuls and emperors, to command and administer in military, judicial, and civil affairs
the right to command; supreme power
a less common word for empire

1650s, from Latin imperium “command, supreme authority, power” (see empire).


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