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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then comes the isolation of the dictator within his palace—friendless and paranoid—and the pruning of his circle to an ever more sycophantic few. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the British tabloids have begun speculating about the cause of the couple’s split—from rumors about the princess’s closeness to a particular bodyguard to charges of intolerable conditions imposed by the prince at his palaces. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 2019 And while the dynasty’s regalia was glittery and their palaces splendid, the royals themselves were markedly less easy on the eyes: Generation after generation, Habsburg monarchs had sharply jutting jaws, bulbous lower lips and long noses. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 Princess Alice helped save a Jewish family from the Holocaust by sheltering them in her Athens palace during the Nazi occupation of Greece. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "What you need to know about Princess Alice of Battenberg, Prince Philip's tragic, heroic mother," 18 Nov. 2019 His whole organization exists to consume itself, right down to the desert frogbeast tongue-grabbing the little urchin rodent outside his palace. Darren Franich,, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 López Obrador, at his presidential palace in Mexico City, told reporters that, despite Trump's offer, taking on the cartels was an internal security matter. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Ambush in Mexico: What we know about the deaths, the LeBaron family, the investigation and Trump," 5 Nov. 2019 Goode opened his new seafood palace only days after the former closed. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Goode Co. Seafood opens on Katy Freeway," 5 Nov. 2019 The beds at Jumeirah Al Naseem are made by Hypnos, the brand that's been supplying mattresses to the royal family and their palaces for the last 90 years. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Mattress Brand Has Queen Elizabeth's Approval...Literally," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of palace was in the 13th century

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16 Jan 2020

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“Palace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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