- a vassal exercising royal privileges in a province; a count or earl palatine.
- an important officer of an imperial palace.
- a high official of an empire.
- (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
- (initial capital letter) one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.
- a shoulder cape, usually of fur or lace, formerly worn by women.
Origin of palatine1
- of, near, or in the palate; palatal: the palatine bones.
Origin of palatine2
- a city in NE Illinois.
Examples from the Web for palatine
The Princess Palatine' had just as much gallantry as gravity.The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete
Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
"Your father and I met one afternoon at—at the Palatine," he stammered.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
The palatine and his nephew are still with us, and we are daily expecting other guests.
What hand had guided him down the declivities of the Palatine?"Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I dread to utter it, for all approve what the prince Palatine affirms.
- (of an individual) possessing royal prerogatives in a territory
- of, belonging to, characteristic of, or relating to a count palatine, county palatine, palatinate, or palatine
- of or relating to a palace
- feudal history the lord of a palatinate
- any of various important officials at the late Roman, Merovingian, or Carolingian courts
- (in Colonial America) any of the proprietors of a palatine colony, such as Carolina
- of or relating to the palate
- either of two bones forming the hard palate
- of or relating to the Palatinate
- a Palatinate
- one of the Seven Hills of Rome: traditionally the site of the first settlement of Rome
- of, relating to, or designating this hill
Word Origin and History for palatine
mid-15c., from Middle French palatin (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin palatinus "of the palace" (of the Caesars), from Latin palatium (see palace). Used in English to indicate quasi-royal authority. Reference to the Rhineland state is from c.1580.
- Of or relating to the palate.