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infanta

[in-fan-tuh] /ɪnˈfæn tə/
noun
1.
a daughter of the king of Spain or of Portugal.
2.
an infante's wife.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Spanish or Portuguese; feminine of infante
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British Dictionary definitions for infanta

infanta

/ɪnˈfæntə/
noun
1.
a daughter of a king of Spain or (formerly) Portugal
2.
(formerly) the wife of an infante
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish or Portuguese, feminine of infante
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Word Origin and History for infanta

Infanta

n.

"daughter of a king of Spain or Portugal," c.1600, from Spanish and Portuguese infanta, fem. of infante, from Latin infantem (see infant).

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Encyclopedia Article for infanta

the title borne from the 13th century by the children of the Spanish and Portuguese monarchs. The title infante was borne by the sons of the sovereign, and the title infanta was given to the daughters and to the wife of an infante. From the reign of John I of Castile (1379-90) there began the custom of calling the sovereign's eldest son principe (prince) de Asturias and not infante. Correspondingly, until the severance of Brazil from the Portuguese monarchy, the eldest son was principe de Brasil. Although a son or daughter of the sovereign of Spain was by right infante or infanta of Spain, the sovereign could grant the title, alone, to other members of the blood royal.

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