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[puh-ley-shuh l] /pəˈleɪ ʃəl/
of, relating to, or resembling a palace:
a palatial home.
befitting or suitable for a palace; stately; magnificent:
a palatial tapestry.
Origin of palatial
1745-55; < Latin palāti(um) palace + -al1
Related forms
palatially, adverb
palatialness, noun
unpalatial, adjective
1, 2. noble, regal, imposing, grand.
1, 2. humble, simple. Unabridged
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  • The majestic Hudson and the palatial mansions on the wooded bluffs proclaimed to Carley that she was back in the East.

  • Alhambra, the palatial fortress of Granada (from al hamra—the red).

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • We called them tenderfeet, that day when Mr. Blake honored our county seat by sidetracking his palatial car.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • Call for me at the palatial at eleven to-morrow, and we'll make a day of it.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • They went upstairs together, and a moment later Rumsey found himself in the palatial chamber which had been prepared for him.

British Dictionary definitions for palatial


of, resembling, or suitable for a palace; sumptuous
Derived Forms
palatially, adverb
palatialness, noun
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Word Origin and History for palatial

1754, from French palatial "magnificent," from Latin palatium (see palace). Related: Palatially.

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