Definition of mésalliance in English:


Line breaks: més|al¦li|ance
Pronunciation: /mɛˈzalɪəns


  • A marriage with a person thought to be unsuitable: the loss of half a million francs only underlined the fact that her son was making a mésalliance
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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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