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palatinate (n.)

"the office or province of a palatine ruler," 1650s, from palatine + -ate (1). In England and Ireland, a county palatine; also used of certain American colonies (Carolina, Maryland, Maine).

updated on December 16, 2019

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Definitions of palatinate from WordNet
1
palatinate (n.)
a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine;
2
Palatinate (n.)
a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine;
Synonyms: Pfalz
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