A palace is a beautiful, large house where someone important, like a king, lives.

Have you ever seen Buckingham Palace? That's where the Queen of England lives, and it's an enormous, ornate, heavily guarded building, which is typical of palaces. Palaces are lavish and over-the-top, because they are usually the home of a ruler such as a king, queen, or dictator. If you don’t live like a king, take comfort in this quote from the English poet John Donne: “Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.”

Definitions of palace

n official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)

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a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
Lateran Palace
a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
Tuileries Palace
palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
Palace of Versailles
a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
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the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)

n a large and stately mansion

Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
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hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
a large and imposing house

n a large ornate exhibition hall

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exhibition area, exhibition hall
a large hall for holding exhibitions

n the governing group of a kingdom

“the palace issued an order binding on all subjects”
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authorities, government, regime
the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

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