adjective[usually postpositive] chiefly historical
1(Of an official or feudal lord) having local authority that elsewhere belongs only to a sovereign.
- The earls and bishops palatine were powerful men, but subjects they remained.
- In Chester the palatine earl had a master serjeant of the Peace.
- An example of a palatine earl was William fitz Osbern, who was made earl of Hereford in 1066 or 1067.
1.1(Of a territory) subject to palatine authority.
- Speeding down the M6, we entered the county palatine of Lancashire.
- The county of Cornwall, although not normally reckoned a palatine county, has a similar status to Lancashire.
- It also undertakes various administrative duties associated with the area of the historical County Palatine of Lancaster.
Late Middle English: from French palatin(e), from Latin palatinus 'of the palace'.
Of or relating to the palate or especially the palatine bone.
- The two tonsillar pillars define the palatine tonsils anteriorly and posteriorly.
- The blood supply of the palate is provided anteriorly through the incisor foramen and posteriorly through the great palatine foramen where the great palatine artery emerges.
- Symptoms of strep throat may include pharyngeal erythema and swelling, tonsillar exudate, edematous uvula, palatine petechiae, and anterior cervical lymphadenopathy.
noun(also palatine bone) Back to top
Each of two bones within the skull forming parts of the eye socket, the nasal cavity, and the hard palate.
- The palatines are dermal bones in the mid-palate.
- No vomers or palatines are preserved in any phlegethontiid.
- The palatines lie between the suborbital fenestrae, with the anterior palatine processes forming a short V-shaped wedge.
Mid 17th century: from French palatin(e), from Latin palatum 'palate'.