One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often in names A public hall for dancing.‘Hammersmith Palais’
- ‘We'll soon see you queueing outside the palais at night.’
- ‘Instead of bobbies cramping the band's style at the palais, the police are a brutal tool of social oppression, almost indistinguishable from the very criminals they are sworn to apprehend.’
- ‘The Hammersmith Palais opened in 1919 as a dance hall.’
- ‘The documentary features a great line-up of world-famous artists and paying customers, who still treasure fond memories of great nights out at the Palais.’
Early 20th century: from French palais (de danse) ‘(dancing) hall’.
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