pal·​ace | \ ˈpa-ləs \

Definition of palace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the official residence of a chief of state (such as a monarch or a president)
b chiefly British : the official residence of an archbishop or bishop
2a : a large stately house
b : a large public building
c : a highly decorated place for public amusement or refreshment a movie palace



Definition of palace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a palace
2 : of, relating to, or involving the intimates of a chief executive a palace revolution palace politics

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Examples of palace in a Sentence


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


a palace railroad car that was built for a 19th-century robber baron
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The Japanese sector was mainly Kasumigaseki—that and the imperial palace, closed since the royal family had moved to the relative security of Sapporo—and Kasumigaseki was all ministries and government offices and the Diet. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 Then one day, her cousin Abigail (Stone) arrives at the palace, literally covered in manure after falling onto the damp road. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 The Belvedere in Vienna, which is a giant palace, is considered a belvedere (hence its name). Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's Why You Need A Belvedere In Your House," 19 Nov. 2018 Cons: Once their Inglewood football palace is built, the Rams, along with Team Spanos, will be playing their home games on fake grass. Tom Krasovic,, "Advice for 'free-agent' San Diego fans still looking for NFL team," 6 Feb. 2018 Their nuptials involved five days of wedding festivities and a series of ceremonies, including a Western Christian ceremony in an actual palace and a Hindu ceremony the following day. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Best Moments of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The monumental stone tomb stands near the palace from which ancient kings once ruled the Canaanite city-state of Tel Megiddo, in modern-day northern Israel. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 The christening photo will be released in coming days, the palace said. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' christening: Pippa, godparents arrive to honor third royal baby," 9 July 2018 Within his presidential palace and the halls of government, concerns about the protests remain intense despite the Strasbourg scare. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "France’s Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of palace


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palace


Middle English palais, from Anglo-French, from Latin palatium, from Palatium, the Palatine Hill in Rome where the emperors' residences were built

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English Language Learners Definition of palace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: a very large and impressive house

: a large and fancy public building



English Language Learners Definition of palace (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a palace

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


pal·​ace | \ ˈpa-ləs \

Kids Definition of palace

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

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