Definitions for dauphinˈdɔ fɪn, doʊˈfɛ̃

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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

  2. Origin: [F. dauphin, prop., a dolphin, from L. delphinus. See Dolphin. The name was given, for some reason unexplained, to Guigo, count of Vienne, in the 12th century, and was borne by succeeding counts of Vienne. In 1349, Dauphiny was bequeathed to Philippe de Valois, king of France, on condition that the heir of the crown should always hold the title of Dauphin de Viennois.]

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.


  1. Dauphin of France

    The Dauphin of France —strictly The Dauphin of Viennois —was the title given to the heir apparent to the throne of France from 1350 to 1791 and 1824 to 1830. The word is French for dolphin, as a reference to the depiction of the animal on their coat of arms.

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