n. — any of the twelve peers or famous warriors of Charlemagne’s court
— by extension, a knight renowned for heroism, chivalry, Christian valor; a knight of the round table
adj. — of or relating to a paladin; knightly, heroic
fm. French, extended from the Latin palatine, the centermost hill in Rome, on which the imperial palaces were built. Palatine thus gives us “palace” and other words relating to imperial or courtly authority.
first published. 1592