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[puh-ley-shuh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a palace: a palatial home.
  2. befitting or suitable for a palace; stately; magnificent: a palatial tapestry.
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Origin of palatial

1745–55; < Latin palāti(um) palace + -al1
Related formspa·la·tial·ly, adverbpa·la·tial·ness, nounun·pa·la·tial, adjective


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1, 2. noble, regal, imposing, grand.


1, 2. humble, simple.
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  • She gazed at the big, palatial touring car with eyes spellbound.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • The one that now stood there was smaller than his own palatial one, and shabbier.

    The Einstein See-Saw

    Miles John Breuer

  • Alhambra, the palatial fortress of Granada (from al hamra—the red).


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • Call for me at the Palatial at eleven to-morrow, and we'll make a day of it.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • Only you'll have to leave the Palatial to-night, Jimmy—to-night, do you understand?

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

British Dictionary definitions for palatial


  1. of, resembling, or suitable for a palace; sumptuous
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Derived Formspalatially, adverbpalatialness, noun
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Word Origin and History for palatial


1754, from French palatial "magnificent," from Latin palatium (see palace). Related: Palatially.

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