noun, often capitalized
dau·​phine | \ dȯ-ˈfēn How to pronounce dauphine (audio) , dō- \

Definition of dauphine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the wife of the dauphin


geographical name
Dau·​phi·​né | \ ˌdō-fē-ˈnā How to pronounce Dauphiné (audio) \

Definition of Dauphiné (Entry 2 of 2)

region and former province of southeastern France north of Provence; capital Grenoble

Examples of dauphine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What could be more romantic than getting snowed in with a few plates of lobster salad and pommes dauphine as provisions? Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "If I Lived in Toronto, Every Dinner Date Would Be at Dreyfus," 9 Dec. 2019 Grab a seat at the bar along with a plate of pommes dauphine stuffed with trout roe and then order at will. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Almond-wood grilled New York, bone marrow and pommes dauphines, porcini mushroom jus at Hawks restaurant in Granite Bay. Carla Meyer, sacbee, "At 10 years old, Hawks restaurant still brings greatness to Granite Bay," 17 Aug. 2017

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Dauphine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dauphine. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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