palatinate

noun pa·lat·i·nate \ pə-ˈla-tə-nət \

Definition of palatinate

: the territory of a palatine

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1577

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Palatinate

geographical name Pa·lat·i·nate \ pə-ˈla-tə-nət \
variants: or German Pfalz play \ˈ(p)fälts\

Definition of Palatinate

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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