count-palatine

count palatine

noun, plural counts palatine.
1.
(formerly, in Germany) a count having jurisdiction in his fief or province.
2.
Also called earl palatine. English History. an earl or other county proprietor who exercised royal prerogatives within his county.

Origin:
1590–1600

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count palatine
 
n , pl counts palatine
1.  in the Holy Roman Empire
 a.  originally an official who administered the king's domains or his justice
 b.  later, a count who exercised royal authority in his own domains
2.  (in England and Ireland) an earl or other lord of a county palatine
3.  (in the late Roman Empire) a palace official who exercised judicial authority

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