the palatinate

Palatinate

[puh-lat-n-eyt, -it]
noun
1.
either of two historic regions of Germany that constituted an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire: one (Lower Palatinate, or Rhine Palatinate, ) is now part of Rhineland-Palatinate and the other (Upper Palatinate, ) is now part of Bavaria.
2.
a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
3.
(lowercase) the territory under the jurisdiction of a palatine.

Origin:
palatine1 + -ate1

palatinal, adjective
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palatinate (pəˈlætɪnɪt)
 
n
a territory ruled by a palatine prince or noble or count palatine

Palatinate (pəˈlætɪnɪt)
 
n
1.  the Palatinate German name: Pfalz either of two territories in SW Germany, once ruled by the counts palatine. Upper Palatinate is now in Bavaria; Lower or Rhine Palatinate is now in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and Hesse
2.  a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate

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palatinate
1650s, from palatine; in England and Ireland, a county palatine; also used of certain American colonies (Carolina, Maryland, Maine).
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