Any kingdom or demi-democracy that encompasses people of multiple races (by ruling thier area, NOT by immigration) all accountable to a central government where one person takes the title of emporer.
* Abyssinian Empire ( - 1974)
* Akkadian Em­pire
* American Em­pire (1898-)
* Arabian E­mpire
* Athenian Empi­re
* Austro-Hungarian Emp­­ire (-1918)
* Aztec E­­mpire (1375-1521)
* Brazilian E­mpire (1822 - 1889)
* British Emp­­i­­re (1066-1997)
* British Raj (1858 - 1947) (Imperial: 1877 - 1947)
* Byzantine Emp­­­­ire (-1453)
* Central African E­­­­­mpire (1977 - 1979)
* Chinese Em­­pire
* Danish colonial empire
* French Empire(1804-1815, 1853-1871)
* French colonial empire
* German Empire(1871-1918)
* German colonial empire (1884 - 1918)
* Ghaznavid Empire
* Gupta Empire
* Haitian Empire (1804 - 1806)
* Holy Roman Empire (843–1806)
* Incan Empire (1200-1533)
* Japanese Empire (-1945)
* Khmer Empire (802 - 1462)
* Kongo Empire
* Korean Empire ( - 1919)
* Macedonian Empire
* Magadhan Empire
* Majapahit Empire
* Mexican Empire (1822 - 1823, 1864 - 1867)
* Mogul Empire
* Mongol Empire (1206-1405)
* Persian Empire
* Portuguese Empire
* Roman Empire (31 B.C.–476 A.D.)
* Russian Empire ( - 1917)
* Ottoman Empire (1281-1923)
* Sassanian Empire (224 - 651)
* Serbian Empire
* Seleucid Empire
* Spanish Empire (1492-1898)
* Swedish Empire
* Teotihuacano Empire
* Vietnamese Empire ( - 1945)
by Kung-fu Jesus July 29, 2004
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1. The personal domain of a single individual. Usually a collection of possessions or property which form a vast, impressive, and usually expensive group.

2. An enormous business, corporation, or other institution which controls many subsidiaries.
1. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to sell the corner store someday. I guess I'm just afraid of losing a piece of my empire.

2. I like using Windows even though I dislike supporting the Microsoft Empire.
by Jon-jonMC September 17, 2005
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Word meaning "cool". Started on the east coast of England. You heard it here first.
"That t-shirt is just so empire!"
by Helle April 8, 2005
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A type of nation with the sole objective of absolute world domination.
There have been at least 3 major empires in ancient history : the Holy Roman Empire, the British Empire, and the still-existent Chinese Empire. What all empires have in common is that they have all fallen due to various instances, be it civil wars and outbreaks, or even acts of God.

Popular belief is that America is an empire. Although this is very controversial, this is mostly untrue. The reason we have bases overseas is because they asked us to be there. America doesn't force people to become american. America also doesn't force christianity. Those who become american or christianic do so out of their own free will.

A major element of an imperial military is that the very basis of its power is based on mass numbers of infantry (aka : manpower). China is a very good example of its manpower because it has the biggest population in the world, and they still have the draft instituted (after hitting a certain age you are required to join the military, which I guess doesn't make it a "draft"). Also, it has been sighted that, for example, they have all these nice'n'neat military parades every month or so, or earlier. China has also been said to still boast the dream of world domination, as it has in millenia past. It is even a religious theory that they WILL one day rule the world. Well, with an ultra-massive manpower and a powerful nuclear arsenal, it could very well happen. Technology VS Manpower......what do YOU think will turn up the victor?

So now that you have a, uh, great definition of this word, you may want to reconsider your thoughts on America being an empire after all. ^_~
"Although the Empire in Star Wars is ficticious, it is a very good example of an empire, y'know with all those stormtroopers all up in a nice line in one of the docking bays, and all that stuff. PS I'm not a Star Wars geek."
by Dave January 30, 2004
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other word for the evil ruling chiefs of Composite Squadron 6 Platoon A
No matter how hard we fight, "the empire" always take our ass
by Pedro Orta November 5, 2007
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information which has an existence that can be proven true through experimentation, observation, and data collection.
Your five senses gather empirical information.
by Leo July 16, 2003
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ehm-pie'-ret n. one who advocates then hijacks an establishment or expansion of empire, esp. with the intent of either personal enrichment or advancement of fundamentalist philosophies. A pirate of empire.

Note: for the sake of the author's conditional liberty, please do not assume that the preceding definition refers to either Dick Cheney or Paul Wolfowitz. The two are more accurately described as assholes.
"...and I for one welcome our new empirate overlords!"
by sPud October 13, 2004
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