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morganatic

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adjective mor·ga·nat·ic \ˌmȯr-gə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of morganatic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of inferior rank in which the rank of the inferior partner remains unchanged and the children of the marriage do not succeed to the titles, fiefs, or entailed property of the parent of higher rank

mor·ga·nat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of morganatic

New Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam, literally, marriage with morning gift


First Known Use: circa 1741


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