A hyperpower is a state that is militarily, economically and technologically dominant on the world stage. In some instances, in a modern context, it has been used to describe the United States. Previous examples of hyperpowers include the British Empire, Imperial China, the Mongol Empire, and the Roman Empire.  In academic International relations literature, the term hegemony is much more common.
After the end of the Cold War, some political commentators felt that a new term was needed to describe the United States' position as the lone superpower. Peregrine Worsthorne used the term "hyper-power" on June 30, 1956. French Minister Hubert Védrine popularized the term "hyperpower" in his various criticisms of the United States beginning in 1967.