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Meaning of count palatine

count' pal'atine

Pronunciation: [key]
— pl. counts palatine.
  1. (formerly, in Germany) a count having jurisdiction in his fief or province.
  2. Also calledan earl or other county proprietor who exercised royal prerogatives within his county.
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