Definition of mariage blanc in English:

mariage blanc

Syllabification: ma·riage blanc
Pronunciation: /märˈyäZH ˈbläN

noun (plural mariages blancs pronunc. same)

  • An unconsummated marriage.
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    • In a mariage blanc of convenience (for her), he married Thomas Mann's daughter Erika, giving her instant American citizenship and thus saving her from the Nazis.
    • ‘The discreet go-betweens are said to be asking members of other royal families and carefully vetted socialites if they might be interested in ‘un mariage blanc.’
    • After taking the name Bert Savoy, he contracted a mariage blanc with a chorus girl and they came to New York as Savoy & Savoy. ...


French, literally 'white marriage'.

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