County palatine

Definition of County palatine

a county distinguished by particular privileges; - so called a palatio (from the palace), because the owner had originally royal powers, or the same powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had in his palace; but these powers are now abridged. The counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and Durham.

See also: County

Related Words

administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
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