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[puh-ley-shuh l] /pəˈleɪ ʃəl/
of, pertaining to, or resembling a palace:
a palatial home.
befitting or suitable for a palace; stately; magnificent:
a palatial tapestry.
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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Examples for palatial
  • The grand foyer is in a palatial style of a kind: five or six palaces seem to have been crammed into one.
  • But you should see the palatial coaches' and athletic spaces.
  • Vistas of the lake reveal a serene scene surrounded by palatial villas, tree-clad mountains, and quaint villages.
  • Many of the palatial new homes built in the valley in the past two decades are high up in grizzly country.
  • And colleges are rethinking some of those first experiments in their palatial virtual campuses.
  • The cheapest rooms offered at both places are appropriately posh but not nearly as palatial as the suites.
  • Burnished red and gold fabrics give rooms a vaguely palatial feel, even if they are on the cozy side.
  • Inside, beyond a large stark courtyard softened by palm trees, stood more towers and palatial quarters.
  • But the elaborately accommodating, modestly palatial arrangement whets a viewer's powers of attention.
  • palatial new houses are rising up next to tin-roofed shanties.
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 Fr. palatial "magnificent," from L. palatium (see palace)
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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