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dauphin

[ daw-fin; French doh-fan ]
/ ˈdɔ fɪn; French doʊˈfɛ̃ /
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noun, plural dau·phins [daw-finz; French doh-fan]. /ˈdɔ fɪnz; French doʊˈfɛ̃/.

the eldest son of a king of France, used as a title from 1349 to 1830.

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Origin of dauphin

1475–85; <French; Middle French dalphin, after Dauphiné, from an agreement to thus honor the province after its cession to France
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British Dictionary definitions for dauphin

dauphin
/ (ˈdɔːfɪn, dɔːˈfɪn, French dofɛ̃) /

noun

(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
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