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1. The eldest son of the king of France from 1349 to 1830.
2. Used as a title for such a nobleman.

[Middle English, from Old French, title of the lords of Dauphiné, from Dalphin, Dalfin, a surname, from dalfin, dolphin (from the device on the family's coat of arms); see dolphin.]


(ˈdɔːfɪn; dɔːˈfɪn; French dofɛ̃)
(Historical Terms) (1349–1830) the title of the direct heir to the French throne; the eldest son of the king of France
[C15: from Old French: originally a family name; adopted as a title by the Counts of Vienne and later by the French crown princes]


(ˈdɔ fɪn, doʊˈfɛ̃)

the eldest son of a king of France, used as a title from 1349 to 1830.
[1475–85; < French; Middle French dalphin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dauphin - formerly, the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)


[ˈdɔːfɪn] N (Hist) → delfín m


Dauphin [ˈdɔːfɪn ˈdəʊfɪn] ndauphin m
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It was called by three names which explain its history, its destination, and its architecture: "The House of the Dauphin," because Charles V., when Dauphin, had inhabited it; "The Marchandise," because it had served as town hall; and "The Pillared House" ( domus ad piloria ), because of a series of large pillars which sustained the three stories.
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By Roger Chartier, Alain Boureau and Cecile Dauphin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.
For a complete list of specimens and references, see Dauphin (1995).
All four men died when their twin-engined Dauphin burst into flames during an emergency landing in thick fog.
Dauphin Graphic Machines' turningintensive workpieces, coupled with mainly short-run lots, caused frequent, time-consuming tool changing.
While Verba chooses to describe a dialogue of men and ideas, Claude Dauphin focuses on an individual's ideas.
Written by Jacques Dauphin, who was the French Press Agency (AFP) correspondent in Baghdad between 1950 and 1958, it is published, almost 40 years after the events took place, with the permission of his daughters.
The title descended in the family until 1349, when Humbert III ceded his seigneurie, the Dauphin e, to Philippe VI (du Valois), one condition being that the heir of France assume the title of le Dauphin.
A Dauphin County lawmaker is hoping to ease the financial burden for communities that lose a big chunk of property tax revenue if large power plants like Three Mile Island close.
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