Complete Definition of "morganatic"

English
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Etymology
From French morganatique or German morganatisch, or from their source, mediæval Latin morganaticus, as used in the phrase matrimonium ad morganaticam, in which the last word is probably from a Germanic word (cognate with Old English morgengifu|morgenġifu) which signified a ‘morning-gift’ (the gift a husband gives to his wife after consummation relieving him of further liability).

Pronunciation
IPA|/mɔːgəˈnætɪk/

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Designating a marriage (or the wife involved) between a man of higher rank and a woman of lower rank, often having various legal repercussions.

#*1922: we have this day repudiated our former spouse and have bestowed our royal hand upon the princess Selene, the splendour of the night. (The former morganatic spouse of Bloom is hastily removed in the Black Maria.) — James Joyce, Ulysses
#*1942: Because of her noble birth, she bitterly resented her position as a morganatic wife. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 346)

Translations

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