count palatine

Inflections of 'count palatine' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": counts palatine

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
count palatine, pl.  counts palatine. 
  1. World History(formerly, in Germany) a count having jurisdiction in his fief or province.
  2. World HistoryAlso called  earl palatine. [Eng. Hist.]an earl or other county proprietor who exercised royal prerogatives within his county.
  • 1590–1600

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
count palatine n ( pl counts palatine)
  1. (in the Holy Roman Empire) originally an official who administered the king's domains or his justice
  2. later, a count who exercised royal authority in his own domains
  3. (in England and Ireland) an earl or other lord of a county palatine
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