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Palatine Tweet Definition of Palatine Like Definition of Palatine on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One of the seven hills of Rome; the site of the earliest settlement.
palaver Tweet Definition of palaver Like Definition of palaver on Facebook
noun
  1. talk, unnecessary talk, fuss
  2. a meeting at which there is much talk
verb
  1. to discuss with much talk
pale Tweet Definition of pale Like Definition of pale on Facebook
noun
  1. A wooden stake.
  2. (archaic) A fence, especially one made from wooden stakes.
  3. (archaic) A territory or defensive area that one nation holds in another country, e.g., Britain"s medieval control of Calais in France or Dublin in Ireland.
  4. (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
  5. The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
  6. In heraldry, a vertical band down the middle of a shield.
verb (pal, ing)
  1. To become pale. To become insignificant.
2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/14/technology/14google.html?hp&ex=1158292800&en=0715e3c0dff465e2&ei=5094&partner=homepage New York Times Its financing pales next to the tens of billions that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have at its disposal, ...
adjective (pal, e)
  1. light in color.
parliament Tweet Definition of parliament Like Definition of parliament on Facebook
noun
  1. Institution whose elected or appointed members meet to debate the major political issues of the day and to exercise legislative powers, and in some cases executive or judicial powers also.
  2. (context, by extension) The collective noun for a group of rooks (italbrac, the species of bird) or owls.
parliamentarian Tweet Definition of parliamentarian Like Definition of parliamentarian on Facebook
noun
  1. A person well-versed in parliamentary procedure.
  2. An officer in most legislative bodies charged with being well-versed in the parliamentary rules of that legislative house, and whose rulings are taken as authoritative, to be appealed only to the whole of the house itself under special rules.
patrician Tweet Definition of patrician Like Definition of patrician on Facebook
noun
  1. Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the the senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
  2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
  3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
pax Tweet Definition of pax Like Definition of pax on Facebook
noun
  1. (informal) passenger or passengers
prior Tweet Definition of prior Like Definition of prior on Facebook
noun
  1. A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
  2. A previous criminal offense on someone's record.
adjective
  1. Of that which comes before, in advance.
I had no knowledge you were coming.
  1. former, previous
His residence was smaller than his current one.
protectorate Tweet Definition of protectorate Like Definition of protectorate on Facebook
noun
  1. Government by a protector; -- applied especially to the government of England by Oliver Cromwell.
  2. The authority assumed by a superior power over an inferior or a dependent one, whereby the former protects the latter from invasion and shares in the management of its affairs.
province Tweet Definition of province Like Definition of province on Facebook
noun (provinces)
  1. A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level.
the province
  1. Northern Ireland

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