Definition of count palatine in English:

count palatine

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noun (plural counts palatine)

historical
  • 1A feudal lord having royal authority within a region of a kingdom.
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    • The boundaries of the Palatinate varied with the political and dynastic fortunes of the Counts Palatine.
    • After the death of Count Palatine Henry II in 1095, a series of extra-territorial counts palatine began.
    • Among the powers stemming from the various prerogatives that came with being Count Palatine was, more often than not, the ‘ius doctorandi’.
  • 1.1A high official of the Holy Roman Empire with royal authority within his domain.
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    • In 1356 the Counts Palatine were made Electors of the Holy Roman Empire.
    • Visit Heidelberg Castle, once the residence of the Counts Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire.
    • Hungary and Poland each had a Count Palatine.

Origin

see palatine1.

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