Palatinate

[puh-lat-n-eyt, -it]
noun
  1. the. either of two historic regions of Germany that constituted an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire: one (Lower Palatinate or Rhine Palatinate) is now part of Rhineland-Palatinate and the other (Upper Palatinate) is now part of Bavaria.
  2. a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
  3. (lowercase) the territory under the jurisdiction of a palatine.

Origin of Palatinate

Related formspa·lat·i·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palatinate

palatinate

noun
  1. a territory ruled by a palatine prince or noble or count palatine

Palatinate

noun
  1. the Palatinate either of two territories in SW Germany, once ruled by the counts palatine. Upper Palatinate is now in Bavaria; Lower or Rhine Palatinate is now in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and HesseGerman name: Pfalz
  2. a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate
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Word Origin and History for palatinate
n.

1650s, from palatine + -ate (1). In England and Ireland, a county palatine; also used of certain American colonies (Carolina, Maryland, Maine).

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