county palatine

noun, plural counties palatine.

the territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine.

Origin of county palatine

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for county palatine

county palatine

noun plural counties palatine

the lands of a count palatine
(in England and Ireland) a county in which the earl or other lord exercised many royal powers, esp judicial authority
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