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English noun: empire

1. empire (location) the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised


Broader (hypernym)demesne, domain, land

Instance hyponymEgypt, Egyptian Empire, Ottoman Empire, Persia, Persian Empire, Roman Empire, Russia, Turkish Empire

2. empire (group) a group of countries under a single authority

SamplesThe British created a great empire.

Broader (hypernym)authorities, government, regime

3. empire (group) a monarchy with an emperor as head of state

Broader (hypernym)monarchy

Narrower (hyponym)Mogul empire, Second Empire

4. empire (group) a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization


Broader (hypernym)corp, corporation

Narrower (hyponym)publishing conglomerate, publishing empire

5. Empire (food) an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple

Broader (hypernym)dessert apple, eating apple

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