pa·​la·​tial | \pə-ˈlā-shəl \

Definition of palatial 

1 : of, relating to, or being a palace a palatial home

2 : suitable to a palace : magnificent palatial furnishings

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Other Words from palatial

palatially \pə-​ˈlā-​shə-​lē \ adverb
palatialness noun

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Later on, after relocating to a palatial apartment in the Osborne, on 57th Street, Foy and Lerman constructed a fittingly theatrical backdrop for the gatherings. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Gray Foy, a Master Precisionist Who Presided Over Legendary Salons, Gets a Turn in the Spotlight," 16 Nov. 2018 But those days are done; the past decade seeing National Hockey League teams build increasingly palatial, full-time practice facilities integral to their long-term survival. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s future hockey hub? Inside the big money — and community — of NHL practice facilities," 19 Aug. 2018 For an elevated echelon of athletes, Wimbledon — with its grass courts, all-white dress code and strawberries and cream tradition — could be considered palatial in terms of sporting events. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "Palace Skateboards teams with Adidas for court-driven apparel and accessories collaboration," 26 June 2018 Also looking positively palatial by comparison are Las Vegas (at 1,818), Orlando (at 1,992), Nashville (at 2,109) and San Antonio (at 3,249). Shannon Rooney,, "How big a house will $200,000 buy in Philadelphia?," 30 May 2018 The president, who is deeply unpopular in London, will spend little time on the ground before flying to another palatial property: his golf course in Scotland. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "British Roll Out Trump’s Political Idol: Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 The palatial hotel on 200 acres, with the longest stretch of private beach in Oman, will reopen after an extensive renovation in September 2018. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 The rise of grade forgiveness scans as yet another instance of colleges treating students as customers to be satisfied—similar to campus amenities such as luxurious dorms, palatial recreational facilities, and cornucopian dining halls. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "Colleges Are Letting Students Take Classes Over Again," 29 June 2018 In 1843 Hercules Dousman, a wealthy fur trader, built what would become his palatial home on the island. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of palatial

circa 1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palatial

Latin palatium palace

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English Language Learners Definition of palatial

: very large and impressive : like a palace

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to enclose within walls

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