mésalliance

noun
més·​al·​liance | \ ˌmā-ˌzal-ˈyäⁿs How to pronounce mésalliance (audio) , ˌmā-zə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce mésalliance (audio) \
plural mésalliances\ ˌmā-​ˌzal-​ˈyäⁿs(-​əz) How to pronounce mésalliances (audio) , ˌmā-​zə-​ˈlī-​ən(t)-​səz \

Definition of mésalliance

: a marriage with a person of inferior social position

First Known Use of mésalliance

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mésalliance

French, from més- mis- + alliance

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“Mésalliance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9salliance. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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