• (British) IPA: /ˈdəʊ.fæ̃/, /ˈdɔː.fɪn/
  • (America) IPA: /doʊˈfæ̃/, /ˈdɔ.fɪn/, /ˈdɔ.fən/

dauphin (plural dauphins)

  1. The eldest son of the king of France. Under the House of Valois and House of 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.
  2. (allegorical) An eldest son.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came […] and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. […]"
Proper noun
  1. A city in Manitoba, Canada.
  2. A borough in Pennsylvania.

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