noun, plural counts palatine.
(formerly, in Germany) a count having jurisdiction in his fief or province.
Also called earl palatine. English History. an earl or other county proprietor who exercised royal prerogatives within his county.
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Origin of count palatine
First recorded in 1590–1600
Words nearby count palatine
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Example sentences from the Web for count palatine
One single German prince of little importance, the Count-palatine Philip, was present: he carried the orb.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
British Dictionary definitions for count palatine
noun plural counts palatine history
(in the Holy Roman Empire)
- originally an official who administered the king's domains or his justice
- later, a count who exercised royal authority in his own domains
(in England and Ireland) an earl or other lord of a county palatine
(in the late Roman Empire) a palace official who exercised judicial authority
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