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Meaning of Palatinate

Pa•lat•i•nate

Pronunciation: (pu-lat'n-āt", -it), [key]
— n.
  1. either of two historic regions of Germany that constituted an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire: one (or) is now part of Rhineland-Palatinate and the other () is now part of Bavaria.
  2. a native or inhabitant of the Palatinate.
  3. (l.c.) the territory under the jurisdiction of a palatine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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