Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A daughter of a Spanish or Portuguese king.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A title borne by every one of the daughters of the kings of Spain and Portugal, except the eldest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Spanish or Portuguese princess of the royal blood. See infante.

Etymologies

Spanish and Portuguese, feminine of infante, infante; see infante.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish infanta, Portuguese infanta, feminine of infante. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is also where you'll find the Saint Jean Baptiste Church where young Louix XIV married the Spanish infanta, Maria-Theresa of Hapsburg.

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  • Easier to snare the Hapsburg fox with a morsel like Marguerite than negotiate endlessly over the price of the infanta.

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  • Marrying Marguerite would provide him the perfect pretext for releasing the infanta from this pledge.

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  • The thought of an infanta little boy, a little girlset adrift by apathy or circumstance left an empty place in my heart.

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  • Hiii I love the little infanta , I can't wait to see it for real.

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  • The Spanish, meanwhile, have been champing at the bit for quite a while, wanting to invade England either to free it for the Catholics, or to put the Spanish infanta on the throne; doesn't really matter which.

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  • The largest landowner in Germany, His Serene Highness also owned a bank, breweries, metallurgical companies, 10 other palaces and castles, and extensive properties in Brazil, inherited from his mother, an infanta of the Portuguese royal family.

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  • Meanwhile, the infanta herself being rebuked by her benefactor for this instance of misbehaviour, promised faithfully to keep a stricter guard for the future over her conduct, and applied herself with great assiduity to the studies, in which she was assisted by the Swiss, who gradually lost the freedom of his heart, while she was profiting by his instruction.

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  • What they revealed was the child Mona as the infanta from Velázquez, wearing a dress five times larger than she was.

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  • For the next day she sent the aforesaid quantity of royal Chitterlings to the good Gargantua, under the conduct of young Niphleseth, infanta of the island.

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  • "The Infanta" by the Decemberists off of their album Picaresque.

    March 31, 2010

  • Hmm... is there an open italics someplace here? (just askin'.)

    July 25, 2008

  • I had a little nut tree,
    Nothing would it bear
    But a silver nutmeg,
    And a golden pear;
    The King of Spain's daughter
    Came to visit me,
    And all for the sake
    Of my little nut tree.

    Her dress was made of crimson,
    Jet black was her hair,
    She asked me for my nut tree
    And my golden pear.
    I said, "So fair a princess
    Never did I see,
    I'll give you all the fruit
    From my little nut tree.
    Children's Nursery Rhyme
    (sounds a bit phallic to me)

    July 25, 2008

  • In this case the folk etymology is itself probably a folk etymology. The Elephant and Castle district once housed a smithy belonging to the Cutlers' Company; cutlers used ivory for their knife handles; to indicate this the smithy used a sign of an elephant, which in heraldry is depicted with a castle on its back (an alteration of the howdah); a pub later appeared on the spot and used the elephant and castle sign too; and from this the district was named. There was never an Infanta of Castile in British history, and that story about one is presumably a fanciful invention like those about Port Over Starboard Home or Sir Loin—what the linguist Larry Horn has called etymythology.

    July 25, 2008

  • There is a district of London called "Elephant & Castle", centred on a pub of that name. It is said that this is in fact a corruption of "Infanta de Castile",

    July 25, 2008