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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • proper n. A historical region of Germany, originally a territory of the Holy Roman Empire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The province or seigniory of a palatine; the dignity of a palatine.
  • proper 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 the Palatinate.
  • transitive v. To make a palatinate of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or dignity of a palatine; the province or dominion of a palatine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine
  • n. a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine

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