palatinate

noun
pa·​lat·​i·​nate | \ pə-ˈla-tə-nət How to pronounce palatinate (audio) \

Definition of palatinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the territory of a palatine

Palatinate

geographical name
Pa·​lat·​i·​nate | \ pə-ˈla-tə-nət How to pronounce Palatinate (audio) \
variants: or German Pfalz \ ˈ(p)fälts How to pronounce Pfalz (audio) \

Definition of Palatinate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of palatinate

Noun

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Palatinate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatinate. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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