January 09, 2013
palace (noun)
\PAL-uss\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the official residence of a chief of state2 : mansion
How do you use it?
The young rajah invited his guests to stay with him at the palace while they were visiting in Delhi.
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The word "palace" came into English from the name of a place. Which one?

We often think of kings and queens relaxing in a palace high atop a hill, far from the common people. So it is no surprise to learn that the word "palace" derives from the Palatine Hill in Rome, where Roman emperors' homes were built. The name of the Palatine Hill in Latin was "Palatium," and the choice of that site for the imperial residence by Caesar Augustus and later emperors led to the use of "Palatium" to mean "the emperor's residence." Eventually, "Palatium" came to mean any royal residence. "Palatium" passed into Old French and then English as "palais." It later acquired the modern English spelling "palace."
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