One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries: a palace; the country seat of a count, duke, etc.; an important official building; specifically (frequently in form Palacio) (a) the official residence of the former Spanish and Mexican governors of Santa Fe, New Mexico; (b) the royal hunting lodge of the Spanish kings in the Coto Doñana, Seville.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Southern Literary Messenger. From Spanish palacio palace.
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