Definition of infante in English:

infante

Line breaks: in|fante
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfanteɪ
 
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noun

historical
A son of the ruling monarch of Spain or Portugal other than the heir to the throne, specifically the second son.
More example sentences
  • It splintered into hundreds of competing chieftainships, all led by infantes claiming descent from Afonso I, all variously cooperative or mercenary, and all dependent on the slave trade for their survival.
  • From 1770 Boccherini was composer and performer to the infante, Don Luis, at Aranjuez and later at Avila, a position he held until Don Luis died in 1785.
  • All Infantes in the different kingdoms were and are always royal princes, in the general meaning of the word.

Origin

mid 16th century: Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin infans, infant- (see infant).

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