[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pal,
  2. pal around,
  3. pal up,
  4. pal.,
  5. palabra,
  6. palace guard,
  7. palace revolution,
  8. palacio valdés,
  9. palacio valdés, armando,
  10. palade

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 formspal·aced, adjectivepal·ace·like, adjectivepal·ace·ward, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palace


/ (ˈpælɪs) /

noun (capital when part of a name)

the official residence of a reigning monarch or member of a royal familyBuckingham 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
Related formsRelated adjectives: palatial, palatine

Word Origin for palace

C13: from Old French palais, from Latin Palātium Palatine ², 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