from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a county distinguished by particular privileges; -- so called a palatio (from the palace), because the owner had originally royal powers, or the same powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had in his palace; but these powers are now abridged. The counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and Durham.
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- n. the territory of a count palatine
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Surtees: "History of the County Palatine of Durham."
To arrive at this we have made an analysis of the constitution of the County Palatine of Durham, which we shall give in our next section.
It was, rather, the County Palatine -- in point of authority the highest form of the manor.
There is no better way of understanding the County Palatine in America than to examine the same institution in England.