noun, plural dau·phins [daw-finz; French doh-fan] /ˈdɔ fɪnz; French doʊˈfɛ̃/.
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.
He presented it to the dauphin, who approached and presented it to the king.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
The dauphin ordered him to be fetched thence, and put to death.
Save for this wild fancy of going to the Dauphin she hath ever been most dutiful.Joan of Arc|Lucy Foster Madison
He received the duchy of Touraine in 1416, and in the next year the death of his brother John made him dauphin of France.
Conti did not, however, succeed in taking this fortress, and had to retire into Dauphin for his winter quarters.
Word Origin 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.