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

Each of these bird mansions, palaces, and estates are the creation of Chicken Coop Mansions. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These "Chicken Coop Mansions" Look Like Guest Houses," 21 May 2019 In new photos released by the palace, the trio are pictured enjoying themselves in the garden at the Flower Show. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Shares a Sweet Childhood Memory at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Getty Images The reception at the palace, hosted by Her Majesty, honors Prince Charles’s contribution to the national life of Wales across five decades, and welcomes some of Wales’ charities, organizations and businesses, as well as celebrities. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Stunning Metallic Brocade Dress to Prince Charles's Investiture 50th Anniversary," 5 Mar. 2019 No injuries were reported from the mortar rounds that hit in the diplomatic quarter; one struck near the presidential palace, another near a NATO compound and the U.S. Embassy, according to police official Jan Agha. Fox News, "Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence," 21 Aug. 2018 As well as the drinks reception, your adventures will take you to the presidential palace, the capital city’s cafés and markets, and the coastal district of Neftala, where the oil was discovered. The Economist, "Fighting the resource curse through online gaming," 28 June 2018 As always with Queen Elizabeth II, few if any knew her thoughts, but the palace building made its own feelings clear enough. Richard Aldous, WSJ, "‘Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History’ Review: The Outsider as Insider," 3 May 2019 Church hired family friend Calvert Vaux (who was working on the buildings of Central Park at the time) to design the Persian palace of his dreans. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 In an operation worthy of James Bond, a British officer snuck into the Vladimir palace dressed as a worker and stashed all the hidden jewels into plastic bags. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Catherine the Great's Emerald Is for Sale—And Queen Elizabeth Has Jewels from the Same Collection," 2 May 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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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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