from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See palatine1.
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- n. a count of the Holy Roman Empire having imperial powers in his own domain: a count palatine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A count or earl who presided in the domestic court, and had the superintendence, of a royal household in Germany.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A count palatine; a palatine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands
When bound to the stake, two cartloads of fagots and straw were piled up around him, and the palsgrave and vogt for the last time adjured him to abjure.
The palsgrave of Lorraine, who had his seat at Aachen, was later esteemed the foremost in rank.
Long, who became palsgrave (1195-1211); in 1211 he resigned it to his son Henry the Younger, who d. childless (1214).
It derives its name from the title of a royal official in the old German Empire, the palsgrave (Pfalzgraf) or count palatine.
In 1155, after the death of the palsgrave Hermann of Stableck, Frederick
In the thirteenth century the dignity of palsgrave was raised form its original ministerial character to complete independence, and the count palatine, largely in consequence of the union with Bavaria, became one of the powerful territorial magnates, subsequently the foremost of the secular princes of the empire.
The _palsgrave_ (_Pfalz-Graf_) was first his representative in charge of one of these domains.
Then he proceeded to turn it over, leaf by leaf, and took exact notice of all in it: and it being _full of pictures of sundry mens cuts_, he could tell the palsgrave, who seemed also to be knowing in that kind, that this and this, and that and that, were of such a man's graving and invention.
I vaguely knew that the Count or Elector Palatine (an older equivalent is palsgrave), the ruler of the Palatinate, was so called (in the OED's words) "as exercising the sovereign's authority in certain matters, or as having a jurisdiction within a given territory such as elsewhere belongs to the sovereign alone," and I knew that the German equivalent of
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