American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Either of two historical districts and former states of southern Germany. The Lower Palatinate is in southwest Germany between Luxembourg and the Rhine River; the Upper Palatinate is to the east in eastern Bavaria. They were once under the jurisdiction of the counts palatine, who became electors of the Holy Roman Empire in 1356 and were then known as electors palatine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or dignity of a palatine; the province or dominion of a palatine. Specifically [capitalized], in German history, formerly an electorate of the empire, consisting of the Lower or Rhine Palatinate, and the Upper Palatinate, whose capital was Amberg. Abont 1620 these were separated, the Upper Palatinate and the electoral vote passing to Bavaria. while a new electorate was created later for the Palatinate. In 1777 the two were reunited; in consequence of the treaties of Lunéville (1801) and of Paris (1814-15), Bavaria retained the Upper Palatinate and a portion of the Lower Palatinate west of the Rhine, while the remainder of the Lower Palatinate was divided among Baden, Hesse, Prussia, etc. The Bavarian portions now form the governmental districts of Palatinate and Upper Palatinate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The province or seigniory of a palatine; the dignity of a palatine.
- n. Either of two regions in Germany, formerly divisions of the Holy Roman Empire; the Lower Palatinate or Rhine Palatinate is now within the Rhineland-Palatinate; the Upper Palatinate is now within Bavaria. It is usually referred to as
- v. obsolete To make a palatinate of.
- n. a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine
- n. a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine
“Chief among these was the state known as the Palatinate, from the German word Pfalz, a name given generally to any district ruled by a count palatine.”
“The name Palatinate has since then been confirmed to that administrative district of Bavaria, which in ecclesiastical affairs forms the Bishopric of Speyer.”
“Neither the lands of the palatinate, nor those which Conrad had inherited, formed a compact whole; but by further acquisitions which Conrad made, the foundation was laid for the principality to which the name Palatinate has clung.”
“One of the main reasons that prompted Louis XIV to sue for peace and to abandon his claims on Lorraine and the Palatinate was the rapid physical decline of the inglorious Spanish monarch, Charles II, of whose enormous possessions the French king hoped by diplomacy and intrigue to secure valuable portions.”
“The Princesses of the Palatinate are our own cousins, and it seems very natural, surely, that he should have a cordial, cousinly regard for them.”
“The Palatinate was a territory bordering on Bohemia, of over four thousand square miles, and contained nearly seven hundred thousand inhabitants.”
“The Palatinate, which is not more than one-fifth of Holland, is of infinitely more natural value.”
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“Under the "Palatinate" the development of the province now known as South Carolina was begun.”
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“Most so-called “Pennyslvania Dutch” came from the mid-Rhine region, mostly the Palatinate, Swabia, Alsace (a Germanic region at the time, Louis XIV notwithstanding), and up the Rhine as far as Switzerland.”
“Now, with a series of important state elections scheduled this year in states such as Berlin, Baden Württemberg, Rhineland Palatinate, and possibly North Rhine Westphalia, opposition to private-equity property deals is growing again.”
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