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

Related Words for palace

mansion, dwelling, hall, castle, chateau, manor, alcazar

Examples from the Web for palace

Contemporary Examples of palace

Historical Examples of palace

  • She was conveyed to the palace in a cedar carriage, carefully screened from observation.


    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 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.

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