1. the. 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.


  1. a territory ruled by a palatine prince or noble or count palatine


  1. the Palatinate 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-W├╝rttemberg, and HesseGerman name: Pfalz
  2. a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate

n.1650s, from palatine + -ate (1). In England and Ireland, a county palatine; also used of certain American colonies (Carolina, Maryland, Maine).

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