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[puh-lat-n-eyt, -it]
  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.
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Origin of Palatinate

Related formspa·lat·i·nal, adjective
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Historical Examples of palatinate

  • But you remember the old hand-grip which no man in the Palatinate could exchange with you?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The war-cry reached the Palatinate, and Siegfried had to go forth to the fight.

    Legends of the Rhine

    Wilhelm Ruland

  • Prussian troops advanced into the Palatinate, Baden and Wurtemberg.

  • If the cities of the Palatinate could not be retained, they might be destroyed.

  • This huge territory became, like Maryland, a province or palatinate.

British Dictionary definitions for palatinate


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


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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