from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various noblemen originally exercising certain royal powers within their own domains, especially a count of the Holy Roman Empire having sovereign powers in his own territories.
- n. A feudal lord having sovereign powers over his lands.
- n. The titled proprietor of a county palatine in England or Ireland.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a high judicial officer of the German emperors; afterward, the holder of a fief, to whom was granted the right to exercise certain imperial powers within his own domains.
- adj. See under Count, and County.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain
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Seven of the most powerful feudatories were permitted to assume, with a distinguished name and rank, the exclusive privilege of choosing the Roman emperor; and these electors were the king of Bohemia, the duke of Saxony, the margrave of Brandenburgh, the count palatine of the Rhine, and the three archbishops of Mentz, of Treves, and of Cologne.
The great marshal, on horseback, exercised his function with a silver measure of oats, which he emptied on the ground, and immediately dismounted to regulate the order of the guests The great steward, the count palatine of the Rhine, place the dishes on the table.