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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There’s also the royal palace, with its 600 rooms, crown jewels and the noontime changing of the guard, though the king’s crowd prefer something more modest outside of town. Frank Rizzo,, "I’ll take Sweden: A midsummer dream in Stockholm," 6 Sep. 2019 The palace that Maya built consisted of columns of gold, and occupied an area of five thousand cubits. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 And the city of Noto is built on four streets ascending the mountain: the street of houses, the street of churches, the street of palaces, and the street of monasteries, which are enormous. Marie-noëlle Bauer, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Man Behind the World's Greatest Hotels Spends His Time Off," 8 June 2018 Danish officials, including the royal palace, had rushed to organize the presidential visit, which was announced on short notice., "Trump attacks Danish prime minister for her ‘nasty’ comments about his interest in U.S. purchase of Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 But their organization lacks the palace intrigue and pressure that can make working for the Red Sox wearying. Peter Abraham,, "Why the Indians are a major threat to win the AL pennant," 17 Aug. 2019 Season 3 certainly promises the potential of more palace intrigue than ever before. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 The best of the palace intrigue comes by way of Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue), a Vought executive who manages by manipulation, subterfuging, and strong-arming her charges in deference to Vought's finances and agenda. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Amazon's The Boys Tests the Limits of Superhero Fatigue," 26 July 2019 Put it this way: palace renovations don't come cheap. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "The British Royal Family’s Costs Are Skyrocketing. Here’s Why," 29 June 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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