pal·​ace | \ ˈpa-ləs How to pronounce palace (audio) \

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

Examples of palace in a Sentence

Noun The town's old movie palace has been torn down. the billionaire's “summer cottage” turned out to be an over-the-top palace Adjective a palace railroad car that was built for a 19th-century robber baron
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Imelda Marcos – whose expansive collection of jewelry and 1,220 pairs of shoes shocked the world after they were discovered in the presidential palace that was stormed in the uprising – ran for president herself in 1992 and 1998, losing both times. David Rising And Jim Gomez, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 The photo session was held in the palace beside the small family swimming pool, which Prince Rainer III had installed in the garden. Peter Mikelbank,, 17 Apr. 2022 One no longer needs to live in a palace to commission artists like Steinmeyer or Mita Corsini Bland, who has painted the New York apartment of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and the London flat of the Dowager Viscountess Rothermere. Katy Kelleher, Town & Country, 10 Apr. 2022 The trial started in October, 34 years after the death of Mr. Sankara, at a repurposed convention center near the presidential palace in an upmarket part of Ouagadougou. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Biden is slated to meet with President of Poland Andrzej Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw on Saturday to discuss how the U.S. and its allies are responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 The rifts are extending beyond the presidential palace. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2022 The portraits will be displayed in the palace’s Queen Gallery ahead of Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 and a date that the United Nations has designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day., 19 Jan. 2022 While the palace told PEOPLE that the monarch would be celebrating her birthday privately, she was spotted going for a drive around her Sandringham estate on Thursday. Stephanie Petit,, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Palace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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pal·​ace | \ ˈpa-ləs How to pronounce palace (audio) \

Kids Definition of palace

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

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