Definition of palace in English:



  • 1A large and impressive building forming the official residence of a ruler, pope, archbishop, etc.

    ‘the royal palace’
    • ‘Rather than reside in one of the royal palaces, the ex-Queen opted for tranquil existence in Maadi, a suburban enclave of Cairo.’
    • ‘Officials charged with running the various royal palaces and residences have nothing to match this.’
    • ‘His wildlife paintings are breathtakingly beautiful, gracing royal palaces, castles and country houses.’
    • ‘It includes military barracks, an avenue of sphinxes and royal palaces.’
    • ‘Most sculpture is carved in white marble and often is displayed in palaces and public buildings.’
    • ‘Jobs are no longer guaranteed, even for the educated middle classes, and there is poverty right next to the opulent palaces of the rulers.’
    • ‘They are big by our standards today, but in Medieval England they were bigger than all buildings including royal palaces.’
    • ‘Royal palaces and castles are like all homes - they need looking after.’
    • ‘Until 1500, when Henry VII moved into the Royal palaces, Richmond didn't even exist.’
    • ‘He was unlikely to be anywhere near his official palaces, which have been hit repeatedly in almost three weeks of air strikes.’
    • ‘However they sussed out better cuisine and enjoyed their tours of the famous Hermitage and royal palaces.’
    • ‘The monarchy expresses itself physically through the palaces and other residences of the royal family.’
    • ‘This area was the main Presidential site and is home to many impressive palaces, meeting halls and hotels.’
    • ‘All materials for the Royal palaces were shipped into Dundee and overland by horses.’
    • ‘Most of the surviving structures are palaces or public buildings.’
    • ‘There weren't buildings or palaces or castles, there weren't temples or churches.’
    • ‘Surrounding the sacred precinct were the palaces of the rulers.’
    • ‘Members of the royal family have been known to enjoy the park when they are in residence at the palace.’
    • ‘London is well known for its palaces and other historical buildings that allow visiting and tours.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Works had also become involved with the case as the building affected views from the royal parks and palaces.’
    official residence, royal residence, castle, mansion, stately home
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    1. 1.1informal A large, splendid house or place of entertainment.
      • ‘Today none of us can resist entirely the lure of the modern churches, the malls and palaces of shopping.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, BAC transforms itself into a holiday resort, complete with beaches, museums and palaces.’
      • ‘The palace did bring entertainment to south east London but not generally for the masses.’
      • ‘Our schools and hospitals should be palaces of excellence and comfort.’
      • ‘But above all, what is this about old huts and hill houses and tree palaces and new huts?’
      • ‘Only a few years earlier, what was to become a palace of theatricals was more or less redundant.’
      • ‘The craftspeople construct everything in small scale and the houses range in size up to palaces which can cost as much as a full-sized house.’


Middle English: from Old French paleis, from Latin Palatium, the name of the Palatine hill in Rome, where the house of the emperor was situated.