Definition of palatinate in English:


Syllabification: pa·lat·i·nate
Pronunciation: /pəˈlatnˌāt, -ˌit


  • 1A territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine.
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    • For centuries it was a palatinate under the jurisdiction of the bishop.
    • The county was made palatinate under the Earl of Chester, a title that now belongs to the Prince of Wales.
    • A rival duchy, the House of Bavaria, schemes to use him against the House of Baden to gain possession of the treasured ‘Baden palatinate.’
  • 1.1 (the Palatinate) The territory of the German Empire ruled by the count palatine of the Rhine.
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    • For a pound and thirty pence I had acquired a territory greater in surface area than the Palatinate of the Rhine.
    • Spain did aid the Catholics and the son of the Elector of the Palatinate (a Protestant) aided the Huguenots.
    • One clause promised to buy off Conde's German mercenaries, led by John Casimir of the Palatinate, with a payment of 500,000 ecus.

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