from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A count palatine; a palatine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Ger. Hist.) A count or earl who presided in the domestic court, and had the superintendence, of a royal household in Germany.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a count of the Holy Roman Empire having imperial powers in his own domain: a count palatine

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

  • noun (Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands


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

[Obsolete Dutch paltsgrave, from Middle Dutch palsgrēve, palsgrāve : pals, palatine (from Vulgar Latin *palantia, palace, from Latin palātia, pl. of Palātium, imperial palace; see palace) + Middle Dutch grēve, grāve, count; see margrave.]



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