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Definition of "palatine" [pal•a•tine]

  • A soldier of the palace guard of the Roman emperors, formed in the time of Diocletian. (noun)
  • A soldier of a major division of the Roman army formed in the time of Constantine I. (noun)
  • Used as a title for various administrative officials of the late Roman and Byzantine empires. (noun)
  • A feudal lord exercising sovereign power over his lands. Also called palsgrave. (noun)
  • Belonging to or fit for a palace. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "palatine" in a sentence
  • "Its lower portion, which hangs like a curtain between the mouth and pharynx is termed the palatine velum."
  • "That no serious trouble ever came from the so-called palatine earldoms is itself evidence of the powerful monarchy ruling in England."
  • "The distressed family of the palatine was a great burden on James, during part of his reign."
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