- the eldest son of a king of France, used as a title from 1349 to 1830.
Origin of dauphin
Examples from the Web for dauphin
Dr. George Crozier of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab discusses the environmental impact the oil spill will have on the Gulf Coast.Video from the Gulf Coast Oil Crisis
The Daily Beast Video
May 7, 2010
His steeds are not "faultless monsters" like the Dauphin's palfrey in Henry the Fifth.De Libris: Prose and Verse
A few days after this I had another interview with the Dauphin.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
On the 22d of October, 1781, the Queen gave birth to a Dauphin.
The birth of the Dauphin appeared to give joy to all classes.
The Queen also had one on duty with her, and so had the Dauphin.
- (1349–1830) the title of the direct heir to the French throne; the eldest son of the king of France
Word Origin and History for dauphin
"eldest son of the king of France" (title in use from 1349-1830), early 15c., from Middle French dauphin, literally "dolphin" (see dolphin).
Originally the title attached to "the Dauphin of Viennois," whose province (in the French Alps north of Provence) came to be known as Dauphiné. Three dolphins were on the coat of arms of the lords of Viennois, first worn by Guido IV (d.1142). It is said originally to have been a personal name among the lords of Viennois. Humbert III, the last lord of Dauphiné, ceded the province to Philip of Valois in 1349, on condition that the title be perpetuated by the eldest son of the king of France. The French fem. form is dauphine.