mésalliance


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mé·sal·li·ance

 (mā-zăl′ē-əns, mā′ză-lyäNs′)
n.
A marriage with a person of inferior social position.

[French : més-, bad (from Old French mes-; see mis-1) + alliance, alliance (from Old French aliance; see alliance).]

mésalliance

(mɛˈzælɪəns; French mezaljɑ̃s)
n
(Sociology) marriage with a person of lower social status
[C18: from French: misalliance]

mé•sal•li•ance

(ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ əns, -zælˈyɑ̃s)

n., pl. -li•anc•es (-ˈlaɪ ən sɪz, -zælˈyɑ̃s)
a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.
[1775–85; < French; see mis-1, alliance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mesalliance - a marriage with a person of inferior social status
misalliance - an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
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