Definitions for dauphineˈdɔ fin, doʊ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dau•phineˈdɔ fin, doʊ-(n.)
the wife of a dauphin.
Category: Usage Note, Western History
Origin of dauphine:
1860–65; < F; MF dalfine, fem. of dalphindauphin
a historical region and former province of SE France.
Category: Geography (places)
the title of the wife of the dauphin
The Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois is a former province in southeastern France, whose area roughly corresponded to that of the present departments of Isère, Drôme, and Hautes-Alpes. The Dauphiné was originally the County of Albon, but the counts took the title Dauphin, from which the region gets its name. It was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, although after 1349 it was ruled by the King of France, and often by his heir, with the title of Dauphin. It remained an imperial state until the French Revolution, but after 1457 it was controlled by the French crown without outside interference or internal autonomy. The historical capital is Grenoble and the other main towns are Vienne, Valence, Montélimar, Gap and Romans-sur-Isère. Its inhabitants are called Dauphinois. Le Dauphiné Libéré is a famous regional French newspaper, and organized the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré cycle stage race prior to 2010.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a SW. province of France, of which the capital was Grenoble; annexed to the French crown under Philippe II. in 1349.
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