noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Royal residence, and sometimes a seat of government or a religious centre. The word derives from Rome's Palatine Hill, where the emperors built their residences. The earliest known palaces are those of the Egyptian kings at Thebes, with an outer wall enclosing a labyrinth of rooms and courtyards. Other ancient cultures also built vast palaces (e.g., the Assyrian palaces at Nimrud, Khorsabad, and Nineveh; the Minoan palace at Knossos; and the Persian palaces at Persepolis and Susa). In Rome and Constantinople, palaces reached their peak as centres of power. In Western Europe after the Middle Ages, palaces tended to be single buildings. In Renaissance Italy every prince had his royal palace, usually with an internal court surrounded by an arcade. The court of the Pitti Palace in Florence (1560) is an important example of Mannerist architecture. French palaces include the Louvre and Versailles; Spanish palaces include El Escorial and the Alhambra. In contrast to the typical Western format, East Asian palaces, such as the imperial palaces of Japan and those in Beijing's Forbidden City, consist of many buildings (in these cases, low pavilions mostly of highly decorated wood construction) within vast walled gardens.


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