Definitions for dauphinˈdɔ fɪn, doʊˈfɛ̃

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dau•phinˈdɔ fɪn, doʊˈfɛ̃(n.)

  1. the eldest son of a king of France, used as a title from 1349 to 1830.

    Category: Western History

Origin of dauphin:

1475–85; < F; MF dalphin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dauphin(noun)

    formerly, the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne


  1. dauphin(Noun)

    The eldest son of the king of France. Under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the Dauphin of France, generally shortened to Dauphin, was heir apparent to the throne of France. The title derived from the main title of the Dauphin, Dauphin of Viennois.

  2. Origin: From dauphin, from dalphin, from delphinus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dauphin(noun)

    the title of the eldest son of the king of France, and heir to the crown. Since the revolution of 1830, the title has been discontinued

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dauphin

    a name originally given to the Seigneurs of the province of Dauphiné, in allusion to the dolphin which several members of the family wore as a badge, but in 1349 given to the heir-presumptive to the crown of France, when Humbert II., dauphin of Vienne, ceded Dauphiné to Philippe of Valois, on condition that the eldest son of the king of France should assume the title, a title which was abolished after the Revolution of 1830. The word signifies dolphin in French.

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a type of sea-animal about two and a half to three metres long, closely related to the porpoise.

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