noun pal·ace \ˈpa-ləs\

: the official home of a king, queen, president, etc.

: a very large and impressive house

: a large and fancy public building

Full Definition of PALACE

a :  the official residence of a chief of state (as a monarch or a president)
b chiefly British :  the official residence of an archbishop or bishop
a :  a large stately house
b :  a large public building
c :  a highly decorated place for public amusement or refreshment <a movie palace>

Examples of PALACE

  1. The town's old movie palace has been torn down.
  2. <the billionaire's summer cottage turned out to be an over-the-top palace>

Origin of PALACE

Middle English palais, from Anglo-French, from Latin palatium, from Palatium, the Palatine Hill in Rome where the emperors' residences were built
First Known Use: 13th century

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: of or relating to a palace

: of, relating to, or involving people in the government

Full Definition of PALACE

:  of or relating to a palace
:  of, relating to, or involving the intimates of a chief executive <a palace revolution> <palace politics>

Examples of PALACE

  1. <a palace railroad car that was built for a 19th-century robber baron>

First Known Use of PALACE

14th century

Rhymes with PALACE

PALACE Defined for Kids


noun pal·ace \ˈpa-ləs\

Definition of PALACE for Kids

:  the home of a ruler
:  a large or splendid house


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