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A.Word.A.Day--palatine

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palatine (PAL-uh-tyn) adjective

Of or relating to a palace.

[After Palatine, from Latin Palatium, the name of the centermost of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built. Roman emperors built their palaces on this hill. The word palace also derives from the same source.]

Of, relating to, or in the palate.

[From French palatin, from Latin palatum palate (roof of the mouth).]

See more usage examples of palatine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The palatine city just outside the capital, symbol of the wealth and the secular aesthetics of the caliph and his entourage, was destroyed by Muslim armies."
Maria Rosa Menocal; A Golden Reign of Tolerance; The New York Times; Mar 28, 2002.

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