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The most important of the seven hills of ancient Rome. Traditionally the location of the earliest Roman settlement, it was the site of many imperial palaces, including ones built by Tiberius, Nero, and Domitian.

Pal′a·tine adj.

pal·a·tine 1

a. A soldier of the palace guard of the Roman emperors, formed in the time of Diocletian.
b. A soldier of a major division of the Roman army formed in the time of Constantine I.
2. Used as a title for various administrative officials of the late Roman and Byzantine empires.
3. A feudal lord exercising sovereign power over his lands. Also called palsgrave.
1. Belonging to or fit for a palace.
2. Of or relating to a palatine or palatinate.

[From Middle English, ruled by an independent lord, from Old French palatin, from Late Latin palātīnus, palace official, from Latin palātīnus, from Palātium, imperial residence; see palace.]

pal·a·tine 2

1. Of or relating to the palate: the palatine tonsils.
2. Of or relating to either of two bones that make up the hard palate.
Either of the two bones that make up the hard palate.


1. (Historical Terms) (of an individual) possessing royal prerogatives in a territory
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, belonging to, characteristic of, or relating to a count palatine, county palatine, palatinate, or palatine
3. of or relating to a palace
4. (Historical Terms) feudal history the lord of a palatinate
5. (Historical Terms) any of various important officials at the late Roman, Merovingian, or Carolingian courts
6. (Historical Terms) (in Colonial America) any of the proprietors of a palatine colony, such as Carolina
[C15: via French from Latin palātīnus belonging to the palace, from palātium; see palace]


(Anatomy) of or relating to the palate
(Anatomy) either of two bones forming the hard palate
[C17: from French palatin, from Latin palātum palate]


(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Palatinate
(Historical Terms) a Palatinate


(Placename) one of the Seven Hills of Rome: traditionally the site of the first settlement of Rome
(Placename) of, relating to, or designating this hill


(ˈpæl əˌtaɪn, -tɪn)

1. having royal privileges: a count palatine.
2. pertaining to a count palatine, earl palatine, or county palatine.
3. pertaining to a palace; palatial.
4. (cap.) pertaining to the Palatinate.
5. a vassal exercising royal privileges in a province; a count or earl palatine.
6. a high official of an imperial court.
7. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
8. (cap.) one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.
9. a shoulder cape, usu. of fur or lace, formerly worn by women.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin, Latin palātīnus of the imperial house, imperial; orig., of the hill Palātium in Rome]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palatine - any of various important officials in ancient Romepalatine - any of various important officials in ancient Rome
Roman - an inhabitant of the ancient Roman Empire
2.palatine - (Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands
noble, nobleman, Lord - a titled peer of the realm
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
3.Palatine - the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome; supposedly the location of the first settlement and the site of many imperial palaces
Seven Hills of Rome - the hills on which the ancient city of Rome was built
4.palatine - either of two irregularly shaped bones that form the back of the hard palate and helps to form the nasal cavity and the floor of the orbitspalatine - either of two irregularly shaped bones that form the back of the hard palate and helps to form the nasal cavity and the floor of the orbits
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
Adj.1.palatine - relating to or lying near the palate; "palatal index"; "the palatine tonsils"
2.palatine - of or relating to a count palatine and his royal prerogatives
3.palatine - of or relating to a palace


n (also count palatine)Pfalzgraf m


[ˈpæləˌtaɪn] adjpalatino/a


a. palatino, rel. al paladar.
References in classic literature ?
It is well known that they were supposed not only to be eaters of human flesh but also ass-worshippers, and among the Roman graffiti, the most famous is the one found on the Palatino, showing a man worshipping a cross on which is suspended a figure with the head of an ass (see Minucius Felix, "Octavius" IX.
Sin embargo, Ghiot (1978) reserva este nombre para un grupo de fibras musculares que se insertan en la parte posterior del palatino (Ghiot, 1978, fig.
Ese proceso llevo a considerar vinculado con la jurisdiccion del Pro-Capellan del Rey al fiel que habitase establemente en el territorio palatino y no solo al que estuviera personalmente vinculado con el servicio de la Corte.
Palatino, from The Music Link, introduces its new upright piano (KP-123), which stands 48.
A continuacion, valorada en micras, se hallo la distancia entre el borde interno de la cofia y el borde externo de la talla dental de vestibular a palatino en cada grupo (Empress 2[R] o In Ceram(1).
With world-renowned lutenists Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs as music directors, the ensemble (which included members of Bremen's Tragicomedia, Bologna's Concerto Palatino and Vancouver's La Cetra) that accompanied the production was easily on a musical par with the vocal stars of the show.
From its inception in 1990 under the wing of Caldwell Synder Gallery to its evolution to Palatino Editions in 1998, Palatino Editions is a true art industry success story.
Similarly, six enterprises are now located at the Palatino Graphic Industrial Park in La Habana province, said Granma.
Krups also will have on hand its fully automatic espresso machines, the Orchestro, priced at $799, and the Palatino, priced at $499.
Por ultimo, se constatan asimismo la menciones paralelas de otros personajes que formaron parte integrante del aula regia (caso de los magnates palatii) y del oficio palatino (tales como el maiordomus regis, el notarius regis y los monaci palatii) siempre que dichos cargos sean citados de forma expresa en los mismos diplomas confirmados por el armiger regis.
I find Robert Bringhurst's Elements of typographic style (1992) and Alexander Lawson's Anatomy of a typeface (1990) much better for showing you how to distinguish Palatino from Baskerville.