Definition of morganatic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmôrɡəˈnadik/


Of or denoting a marriage in which neither the spouse of lower rank nor any children have any claim to the possessions or title of the spouse of higher rank.
Example sentences
  • As this was a morganatic marriage, their five children should not have been eligible for the succession.
  • A morganatic marriage is one between a member of the royal house and a wife not of equal birth, in which the wife does not take her husband's rank.
  • In advising Edward VIII against a morganatic marriage to Mrs Simpson he acted with the utmost constitutional propriety.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • An anonymous hand penned that the Queen had cancelled diary appointments because of her pregnancy by John Brown to whom she ‘has been morganatically married… for a long time?’
  • Isabella's first regent was her mother, who weakened her position by morganatically marrying a shopkeeper's son and by her reputation for ruthless greed.
  • His regular companion was now the pious Mme de Maintenon, who had been governess to the children of earlier mistresses; and soon after the queen's death he married her morganatically.


Early 18th century: from modern Latin morganaticus, from medieval Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam 'marriage with a morning gift' (because a morning gift, given by a husband to his wife on the morning after the marriage, was the wife's sole entitlement in a marriage of this kind).

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Syllabification: mor·ga·nat·ic

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