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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Palatinate, Pfalz(noun)

    a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine

  2. palatinate(noun)

    a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine


  1. Palatinate(prop. n.)

    Either of two regions in Germany, formerly divisions of the Holy Roman Empire; the Lower Palatinate or Rhine Palatinate is now within the Rhineland-Palatinate; the Upper Palatinate is now within Bavaria. It is usually referred to as the Palatinate.

  2. Origin: [F. Palatinat, G. Pfalz, ML. Palatinatus, the province of count palatine, from palatinatus, palatine.]


  1. palatinate(Noun)

    A territory ruled by a palatine

  2. palatinate(Noun)

    A native or inhabitant of such a territory

  3. palatinate(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a palatinate or the Palatinate

  4. Palatinate(ProperNoun)

    A historical region of Germany, originally a territory of the Holy Roman Empire

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palatinate(noun)

    the province or seigniory of a palatine; the dignity of a palatine

  2. Palatinate(verb)

    to make a palatinate of

  3. Origin: [F. palatinat. See Palatine.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Palatinate

    the name of two States, originally one, of the old German empire, one called the Lower Palatinate or the Palatinate of the Rhine, partitioned in 1815 among the States of Baden, Bavaria, Prussia, and Hesse-Darmstadt, and the other called the Upper Palatinate, now nearly all included in Bavaria; the former has for principal towns Spires and Landau, and the latter Ratisbon.


  1. Electoral Palatinate of the Rhine

    The County Palatine of the Rhine, later the Electoral Palatinate, was a historical territory of the Holy Roman Empire, originally a palatinate administered by a count palatine. Its rulers served as prince-electors from "time immemorial", were noted as such in a papal letter of 1261, and were confirmed as electors by the Golden Bull of 1356. The fragmented territory stretched from the left bank of the Upper Rhine, from the Hunsrück mountain range in what is today the Palatinate region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the adjacent parts of the French region of Alsace to the opposite territory on the east bank of the Rhine in present-day Hesse and Baden-Württemberg up to the Odenwald range and the southern Kraichgau region, containing the capital cities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. The Counts Palatine of the Rhine held the office of Imperial vicars in the territories under Frankish law and ranked among the most significant secular Princes of the Holy Roman Empire. Their climax and decline is marked by the rule of Elector Palatine Frederick V, whose coronation as King of Bohemia in 1619 sparked the Thirty Years' War.


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