Definition of count palatine in English:

count palatine


  • 1A feudal lord having royal authority within a region of a kingdom.

    • ‘These were the Duke of Saxony, the Margrave of Brandenburg, the King of Bavaria, the Count Palatine of the Rhine and the three archbishops of Mainz, Trier and Cologne.’
    • ‘After the death of Count Palatine Henry II in 1095, a series of extra-territorial counts palatine began.’
    • ‘The boundaries of the Palatinate varied with the political and dynastic fortunes of the Counts Palatine.’
    • ‘Among the powers stemming from the various prerogatives that came with being Count Palatine was, more often than not, the ‘ius doctorandi’.’
    1. 1.1 A high official of the Holy Roman Empire with royal authority within his domain.
      • ‘In 1356 the Counts Palatine were made Electors of the Holy Roman Empire.’
      • ‘Visit Heidelberg Castle, once the residence of the Counts Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire.’
      • ‘Hungary and Poland each had a Count Palatine.’
      • ‘And in certain questions the Count Palatine of the Rhine, and not the King of the Romans was to speak the decisive word.’


See palatine.