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palatine1

[pal-uh-tahyn, -tin]
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adjective
  1. having royal privileges: a count palatine.
  2. of or relating to a count palatine, earl palatine, or county palatine.
  3. of or relating to a palace; palatial: a palatine chapel.
  4. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Palatinate.
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noun
  1. a vassal exercising royal privileges in a province; a count or earl palatine.
  2. an important officer of an imperial palace.
  3. a high official of an empire.
  4. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
  5. (initial capital letter) one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.
  6. a shoulder cape, usually of fur or lace, formerly worn by women.
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Origin of palatine1

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin palātīnus of the imperial house, imperial; orig., of the hill Palātium in Rome. See palace, -ine1

palatine2

[pal-uh-tahyn, -tin]
adjective
  1. of, near, or in the palate; palatal: the palatine bones.
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Origin of palatine2

From the French word palatin, -ine, dating back to 1650–60. See palate, -ine1

Palatine

[pal-uh-tahyn]
noun
  1. a city in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for palatine

palatine1

adjective
  1. (of an individual) possessing royal prerogatives in a territory
  2. of, belonging to, characteristic of, or relating to a count palatine, county palatine, palatinate, or palatine
  3. of or relating to a palace
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noun
  1. feudal history the lord of a palatinate
  2. any of various important officials at the late Roman, Merovingian, or Carolingian courts
  3. (in Colonial America) any of the proprietors of a palatine colony, such as Carolina
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Word Origin

C15: via French from Latin palātīnus belonging to the palace, from palātium; see palace

palatine2

adjective
  1. of or relating to the palate
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noun
  1. either of two bones forming the hard palate
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Word Origin

C17: from French palatin, from Latin palātum palate

Palatine1

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Palatinate
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noun
  1. a Palatinate
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Palatine2

noun
  1. one of the Seven Hills of Rome: traditionally the site of the first settlement of Rome
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating this hill
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Word Origin and History for palatine

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French palatin (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin palatinus "of the palace" (of the Caesars), from Latin palatium (see palace). Used in English to indicate quasi-royal authority. Reference to the Rhineland state is from c.1580.

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palatine in Medicine

palatine

(pălə-tīn′)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the palate.
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