Definition of palatial in US English:



  • Resembling a palace in being spacious and splendid.

    ‘her palatial apartment in Chicago’
    • ‘Although I moaned, my bedsit was palatial compared with those of most of my friends, who lived in pokey, badly partitioned flats in Rathmines.’
    • ‘According to reports, the palatial home - situated just 10 miles from Cape Town - is already in hot demand..’
    • ‘He didn't foresee the palatial palaces of today where the punter can see live racing.’
    • ‘This beautiful and newly renovated hotel was the palatial home of a merchant who in 1898 gambled the house away in a game of cards.’
    • ‘He offers Brandon a big salary increase and a palatial apartment if he will re-locate and work for him.’
    • ‘It opens with lush images of the palatial school and grounds, then enters the rarefied world within.’
    • ‘He has since acquired his own palatial house within the exclusive resort.’
    • ‘And it means living in palatial houses with exquisite tile, granite or marble flooring and owning plush cars.’
    • ‘The tin shacks of the township are within a few hundred metres of palatial houses - rich and poor have become unwilling neighbours.’
    • ‘He relishes an opulent lifestyle with palatial homes in Europe and America, private jets, two yachts and a helicopter.’
    • ‘When his friend offers a palatial haunted house close to his workplace totally free of cost to stay, he clinches the offer without a second thought.’
    • ‘The mausoleum is part of a vast complex with a main gateway, garden, mosque, guesthouse and several other palatial buildings.’
    • ‘But this fine basin has not been bought for one of the region's stately homes or the palatial residence of a multi-millionaire.’
    • ‘Already newfangled buildings and palatial houses mimicking every form of modern architecture have come up on former farmlands.’
    • ‘This is a man with millions and four fancy cars standing outside his palatial home!’
    • ‘‘All this,’ as he calls it, gesturing around his palatial if spartan study.’
    • ‘The road even links that palatial governor's mansion to the even more majestic river.’
    • ‘I was expecting his residence to be of palatial proportions.’
    • ‘He also owns a palatial home in Srinagar, apart from numerous apartments in choice New Delhi location.’
    • ‘Alone and friendless in the bowels of one of his many palatial hideouts he must still, surely, nurse his grandiose ambitions.’
    opulent, sumptuous, affluent, expensive, rich, costly, deluxe, lush, grand, splendid, magnificent, lavish, lavishly appointed, well appointed, extravagant, ornate, fancy, stylish, elegant
    luxurious, deluxe, magnificent, sumptuous, splendid, grand, opulent, lavishly appointed, lavish, lush, grandiose, rich, imposing, impressive, fine, stately, regal, majestic
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Mid 18th century: from Latin palatium ‘palace’ (see palace) + -al.