One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A son of the ruling monarch of Spain or Portugal other than the heir to the throne, specifically the second son.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Carlos became a naturalised Spanish subject and was granted the title Infante of Spain on 7 February 1901.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All Infantes in the different kingdoms were and are always royal princes, in the general meaning of the word.’
Mid 16th century: Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin infans, infant- (see infant).
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