- the official residence of a king, emperor, bishop, etc.
- any large, magnificent house or building
- a large, ornate place of entertainment
Origin of palaceMiddle English palais ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin palatium, after Palatium, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, where Augustus lived
- The official residence of a royal personage.
- Chiefly British The official residence of a high dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop.
- a. A large or splendid residence.b. A large, often gaudily ornate building used for entertainment or exhibitions.
Origin of palaceMiddle English, from Old French palais, from Palātium, Palatine Hill, Rome (from its being the site where emperors built their homes), imperial residence.
(third-person singular simple present palaces, present participle palacing, simple past and past participle palaced)
From Middle English, from Old French palais, which comes from Latin palÄtium, from PalÄtium, in reference to the Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, where the aristocracy of the Roman Republic"”and later, Roman emperors"”built large, splendid residences. The name is ultimately either from Etruscan, the same source as Pales (“Pales, the Italic goddess of shepherds, flocks and livestock"), or Latin palus (“stake; enclosure").
- (soccer) Crystal Palace Football Club, a football team from London.