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 (mā-zăl′ē-əns, mā′ză-lyäNs′)
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).]
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(mɛˈzælɪəns; French mezaljɑ̃s)
(Sociology) marriage with a person of lower social status
[C18: from French: misalliance]
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(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]
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Noun1.mesalliance - a marriage with a person of inferior social status
misalliance - an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
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the prince would no longer be making a mesalliance by marrying you," and Bilibin smoothed out his forehead.
'Your opinion of this MESALLIANCE, honourable colleagues of the honourable member who has just sat down?'
To a mesalliance of that kind every globule of my ancestral blood spoke in opposition.
Huntingdon and me would be what the world calls a mesalliance; and it was not in his nature to set the world at defiance; especially in such a case as this, for its dread laugh, or ill opinion, would be far more terrible to him directed against his sister than himself.
He had been revolving in his mind the marriage question pending between Jos and Rebecca, and was not over well pleased that a member of a family into which he, George Osborne, of the --th, was going to marry, should make a mesalliance with a little nobody--a little upstart governess.
"The king has made him a baron, and can make him a peer, but he cannot make him a gentleman, and the Count of Morcerf is too aristocratic to consent, for the paltry sum of two million francs, to a mesalliance. The Viscount of Morcerf can only wed a marchioness."
It was an abominable thing that my grandmother should have been disinherited because she made what they called a mesalliance, though there was nothing to be said against her husband except that he was a Polish refugee who gave lessons for his bread."
Like the Westerlings, he has an unprofitable domain, but instead of entering a mesalliance, he discovers the main virtue of money: that of multiplying itself.
The marriage proved to be a disaster, a mesalliance of great proportions.
Michael Sikora investigates remedies for socially unequal marriages via concubinage, bigamy, morganatic marriage, and mesalliance. Focusing on the religious upbringing of children in religious mixed marriages, Dagmar Freist examines various models available to parents of differing denominations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, finding that these models offered a "limited emancipatory effect on gender relations" (116).
Franklin suggests that this state interference in marriage choice had to do with a mesalliance by Carlos ill's brother.