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

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English

Etymology

From French dauphin

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Noun

  1. 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.

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French

Etymology

From Old French dalphin < Latin delphinus

Pronunciation

Noun

dauphin

Extensive Definition

Dauphin is the French word for "dolphin". Under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the Dauphin of France, generally shortened to Dauphin, was a title given to the King's eldest son, the heir apparent to the throne of France. The title derived from the main title of the Dauphin, Dauphin of Viennois.
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dauphin in German: Dauphin
dauphin in Spanish: Dauphin
dauphin in French: Dauphin (homonymie)
dauphin in Italian: Delfino (disambigua)
dauphin in Hungarian: Dauphin
dauphin in Dutch: Dauphin
dauphin in Polish: Dauphin
dauphin in Volapük: Dauphin
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