pa·​lat·​i·​nate pə-ˈla-tə-nət How to pronounce palatinate (audio)
: the territory of a palatine

Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palatinate was in 1577

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“Palatinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pa·​lat·​i·​nate pə-ˈla-tə-nət How to pronounce Palatinate (audio)
variants or German Pfalz
either of two districts of southwestern Germany once ruled by counts palatine of the Holy Roman Empire: the Rhenish Palatinate on the Rhine River east of Saarland and the Upper Palatinate on the Danube River around Regensburg see rhineland-palatinate

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