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palatine (adj.)

"possessing quasi-royal privileges," literally "pertaining to a palace," mid-15c., of counties, "ruled by a lord who has privileges resembling those of an independent sovereign," from Old French palatin (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin palatinus "of the palace" (of the Caesars), from Latin palatium (see palace). Medieval Latin (comes) palatinus was a title given to one holding any office in the palace of a prince, hence "possessing royal privileges." A doublet of paladin.

In reference to the Rhineland state, formerly an electorate in the old German empire, by 1570s; by 1709 as a noun meaning "resident of or immigrant from the (German) Palatine."

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Definitions of palatine
1
palatine (n.)
any of various important officials in ancient Rome;
palatine (n.)
(Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands;
Synonyms: palsgrave
palatine (n.)
either of two irregularly shaped bones that form the back of the hard palate and helps to form the nasal cavity and the floor of the orbits;
Synonyms: palatine bone / os palatinum
2
palatine (adj.)
relating to or lying near the palate;
the palatine tonsils
Synonyms: palatal
palatine (adj.)
of or relating to a count palatine and his royal prerogatives;
palatine (adj.)
of or relating to a palace;
3
Palatine (n.)
the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome; supposedly the location of the first settlement and the site of many imperial palaces;
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