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county palatine

noun, plural counties palatine.
1.
the territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for counties palatine

county palatine

noun (pl) counties palatine
1.
the lands of a count palatine
2.
(in England and Ireland) a county in which the earl or other lord exercised many royal powers, esp judicial authority
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