Definition of palafitte in English:

palafitte

(also palafite)

Pronunciation /ˈpaləfɪt/ /ˌpaləˈfiːt/

noun

Archaeology
  • Especially in Switzerland and northern Italy: a prehistoric hut or settlement built on stakes driven into the bed of a lake; a lake village.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From French palafitte from Italian palafitta from palo stake, pile + fitto fixed, driven in (past participle of figgere), in archaeological use in Italian probably after German Pfahlbau, literally ‘pile-building’.