Definition of mésalliance in English:


Syllabification: mé·sal·li·ance
Pronunciation: /ˌmāzəˈlīəns, ˌmāˌzalˈyäNs


A marriage with a person thought to be unsuitable or of a lower social position.
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  • All three of the sisters' marriages were considered hopeless mésalliances by the husbands' families at the time.
  • Without a pedigree authenticated by fellow nobles, true nobility was unthinkable - a problem that could cause acute embarrassment to the recently ennobled or the progeny of mésalliances.
  • It can only be that the union would be a shocking mésalliance, or surely he would simply propose - what fool would turn down the Ashton fortunes, lands, and looks?


French, from més- 'wrong, misdirected' + alliance (see alliance).

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