Definition of palace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæləs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæləs//
    Buildings, Types of home
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  1. 1  [countable] the official home of a king, queen, president, etc. Buckingham Palace the royal/presidential palace See related entries: Buildings
  2. 2(also the Palace) [singular] the people who live in a palace, especially the British royal family The Palace last night refused to comment on the reports. a Palace spokesman More Like This Place names representing activities Downing Street, Madison Avenue, Grub Street, Holyrood, Main Street, Number Ten, the Oval Office, the Palace, Silicon Valley, the Vatican, Whitehall, the White HouseSee worksheet.
  3. 3[countable] any large impressive house The Old Town has a whole collection of churches, palaces and mosques. See related entries: Buildings, Types of home
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned) (sometimes used in the names of buildings) a large public building, such as a hotel or cinema/movie theater the Strand Palace Hotel
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French paleis, from Latin Palatium, the name of the Palatine hill in Rome, where the house of the emperor was situated.Extra examples Even this small house was a veritable palace compared to his tent. She found it hard to adjust to palace life. The king was deposed by his son in a palace coup. The palace stands on the west bank of the river. Anti-government protesters have overrun the presidential palace. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen.
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