palatine

adjective (1)
pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio) \

Definition of palatine

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : possessing royal privileges
b : of or relating to a palatine or a palatinate
2a : of or relating to a palace especially of a Roman or Holy Roman emperor
b : palatial

palatine

noun (1)
pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio) , sense 3 is also -ˌtēn \

Definition of palatine (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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

adjective (2)
pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio) \

Definition of palatine (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or lying near the palate

palatine

noun (2)
pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio) \

Definition of palatine (Entry 4 of 4)

: either of a pair of bones that are situated behind and between the maxillae and in humans are of extremely irregular form

First Known Use of palatine

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

History and Etymology for palatine

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

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“Palatine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatine. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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palatine

adjective
pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpal-ə-ˌtīn How to pronounce palatine (audio) \

Medical Definition of palatine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or lying near the palate

palatine

noun

Medical Definition of palatine (Entry 2 of 2)

Palatine geographical name

Pal·​a·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌtīn How to pronounce Palatine (audio) \

Definition of Palatine

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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