Definition of palatinate in US English:



  • 1A territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine.

    • ‘For centuries it was a palatinate under the jurisdiction of the bishop.’
    • ‘A rival duchy, the House of Bavaria, schemes to use him against the House of Baden to gain possession of the treasured ‘Baden palatinate.’’
    • ‘Maryland was by its charter erected into a palatinate after the model of the palatinate of Durham in England.’
    • ‘Officially it had been referred to as a palatinate from the fifteenth century, because of its special role as the inherited land and patrimony of the Grand Duke.’
    • ‘The county was made palatinate under the Earl of Chester, a title that now belongs to the Prince of Wales.’
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    1. 1.1the Palatinate The territory of the German Empire ruled by the Count Palatine of the Rhine.
      • ‘For a pound and thirty pence I had acquired a territory greater in surface area than the Palatinate of the Rhine.’
      • ‘He was born in Kues, now Bernkastel-Kues, about 30 km from Trier, an old town in the Palatinate, founded by the Romans.’
      • ‘This ended the German phase of the Thirty Years' War and the Rhenish Palatinate was restored to Charles Louis who returned to Heidelberg.’
      • ‘One clause promised to buy off Conde's German mercenaries, led by John Casimir of the Palatinate, with a payment of 500,000 ecus.’
      • ‘But two other factors combined to precipitate the mass migration of people from the Palatinate and surrounding territories.’
      • ‘Spain did aid the Catholics and the son of the Elector of the Palatinate (a Protestant) aided the Huguenots.’
      • ‘France also played a central part in the formulation of a coalition that included Denmark, Holland, England and Frederick of the Palatinate who allied against the might of the Holy Roman Emperor.’