palatine

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adjective (1)

pal·​a·​tine ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio)
1
a
: possessing royal privileges
b
: of or relating to a palatine or a palatinate
2
a
: of or relating to a palace especially of a Roman or Holy Roman emperor
b

palatine

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noun (1)

pal·​a·​tine ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio)
 sense 3 is also  -ˌtēn
1
a
: a feudal lord having sovereign power within his domains
b
: a high officer of an imperial palace
2
capitalized : a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate
3
[French, from Elisabeth Charlotte of Bavaria †1722 Princess Palatine] : a fur cape or stole covering the neck and shoulders

palatine

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adjective (2)

pal·​a·​tine ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio)
: of, relating to, or lying near the palate

palatine

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noun (2)

pal·​a·​tine ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio)
: either of a pair of bones that are situated behind and between the maxillae and in humans are of extremely irregular form

Word History

Etymology

Adjective (1)

Middle English, from Latin palatinus imperial, from palatium

Noun (1)

Late Latin palatinus imperial official, from Latin palatinus, adjective

Adjective (2)

French palatin, from Latin palatum palate

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palatine was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Palatine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatine. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

palatine

1 of 2 adjective
pal·​a·​tine ˈpal-ə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio)
: of, relating to, or lying near the palate

palatine

2 of 2 noun

Geographical Definition

Palatine

geographical name

Pal·​a·​tine ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce Palatine (audio)
1
hill in Rome, Italy, one of seven on which the ancient city was built see aventine
2
village in northeastern Illinois northwest of Chicago population 68,557

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