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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Associating hard-to-recall nuggets with familiar spaces (this technique is called building a memory palace). Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 The palace hasn’t released details about Harry and Markle’s honeymoon, but the couple are expected to head to Namibia or Botswana in southern Africa. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry begin life as married couple," 20 May 2018 The palace released images of the vellum document, called the Instrument of Consent, on Friday, a little more than one week before the couple’s nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "How will Meghan and Harry mash up California style and British (royal) tradition?," 17 May 2018 The palace also released photos by Catherine ahead of the princess' first birthday. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Photos of Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte shared by their mother," 5 May 2018 The palace has released information on the invitations, photographer, flowers and cake. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Royal Wedding, Coming to a Podcast, Tell-All and Lifetime Movie Near You," 24 Apr. 2018 Oh and there's a scene where Anne promises Sarah a palace—that's true, too, though it wasn't ultimately given to her once their friendship had ended. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is The Favourite Movie About? It's a Rom-Com of a Sort," 23 Feb. 2019 The whirlwind nuptials are reportedly taking place in Jodhpur, India at the Umaid Bhawan Palace—yeah, a literal palace. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Pre-Wedding Festivities Are Officially Underway," 22 Nov. 2018 Yes, Nick and Priyanka are rumored to be exchanging their vows inside a literal palace. Christopher Rosa, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Getting Married at the Umaid Bhawan Palace," 12 Nov. 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
old-fashioned : 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 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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