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[pal-is] /ˈpæl ɪs/
the official residence of a king, queen, bishop, or other sovereign or exalted personage.
a large and stately mansion or building.
a large and usually ornate place for entertainment, exhibitions, etc.
Origin of palace
1200-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin palācium, spelling variant of palātium, Latin: generic use of Palātium name of the hill in Rome on which the emperor's palace was situated; replacing Middle English paleis < Old FrenchLatin Palātium
Related forms
palaced, adjective
palacelike, adjective
palaceward, adverb Unabridged
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  • She was conveyed to the palace in a cedar carriage, carefully screened from observation.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He began to rebuild the palace and ordered that the rubbish be removed from the temples.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • I fancied it in the fields, in the gardens, in the palace, in the prison.

  • No chamber in the palace of a king could have been more fair.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The palace of the anti-popes, moreover, is turned into a caserne.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for palace


noun (capital when part of a name)
the official residence of a reigning monarch or member of a royal family: Buckingham Palace
the official residence of various high-ranking church dignitaries or members of the nobility, as of an archbishop
a large and richly furnished building resembling a royal palace
adjectives palatial palatine
Word Origin
C13: from Old French palais, from Latin PalātiumPalatine², the site of the palace of the emperors
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Word Origin and History for palace

early 13c., "official residence of an emperor, king, archbishop, etc.," from Old French palais "palace, court," from Medieval Latin palacium "a palace" (source of Spanish palacio, Italian palazzo), from Latin palatium "the Palatine hill," in plural, "a palace," from Mons Palatinus "the Palatine Hill," one of the seven hills of ancient Rome, where Augustus Caesar's house stood (the original "palace"), later the site of the splendid residence built by Nero. In English, the general sense of "splendid dwelling place" is from late 14c.

The hill name probably is ultimately from palus "stake," on the notion of "enclosure." Another guess is that it is from Etruscan and connected with Pales, supposed name of an Italic goddess of shepherds and cattle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for palace



A grand venue for something •Always ironically used of a fairly seedy though perhaps ornate place (1834+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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