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 The flag at the palace, the queen’s residence in London, was lowered to half-staff., "UK mourns Prince Philip; leaders honor his service to queen," 9 Apr. 2021 Anna Whitelock, a professor of history and director of the Centre for the Study of the History of the Monarchy at Royal Holloway, University of London, said the palace’s brief message was an effort to quiet the controversy. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "Buckingham Palace says racism allegations by Prince Harry and Meghan will be dealt with privately," 9 Mar. 2021 With the help of Bishop D’Alise, the pope rescheduled his visit to the pastor, Giovanni Traettino, and instead celebrated a Mass in honor of the saint, St. Anne, in the square in front of the city’s Versailles-scale palace. Emma Bubola, New York Times, "Bishop Giovanni D’Alise, Italian Bishop Who Defended South, Dies at 72," 8 Oct. 2020 Since then, Pope Francis had live-streamed his weekly events from the Vatican’s apostolic palace, making only brief appearances at the window overlooking St. Peter’s Square on Sundays. Giada Zampano, Star Tribune, "Pope prays for Lebanon during 1st public audience in months," 2 Sep. 2020 USA Today, the materials used to construct the conquistador’s home match those of the 15th-century palace’s foundation. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Aztec Palace and House Built by Hernán Cortés Unearthed in Mexico City," 15 July 2020 The wedding dress display will kick off a period of celebrations at the palace in honor of the late princess. Simon Perry,, "Princess Diana’s Iconic Wedding Dress to Be Displayed at Kensington Palace in New Royal Exhibit," 26 Apr. 2021 Several politicians who attended a lunch or a dinner at the Elysee palace recently described strict sanitary protocols, with guests placed around a very big table and speaking into a microphone to be able to maintain distance between them. Sylvie Corbet, Anchorage Daily News, "French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19," 17 Dec. 2020 Thousands gathered Thursday at the country's presidential palace in Buenos Aires to honor the legend. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Diego Maradona's lawyer wants investigation into arrival time of ambulance," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Palace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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