morganatic

adjective

mor·​ga·​nat·​ic ˌmȯr-gə-ˈna-tik How to pronounce morganatic (audio)
: 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
morganatically adverb

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Although the deprivations imposed on the lower-ranking spouse by a morganatic marriage may seem like a royal pain in the neck, the word morganatic actually comes from a word for a marriage benefit. The New Latin term morganatica means "morning gift" and refers to a gift that a new husband traditionally gave to his bride on the morning after the marriage. So why was the New Latin phrase matrimonium ad morganaticam, which means literally "marriage with morning gift," the term for a morganatic marriage? Because it was just that - the wife got the morning gift, but that's all she was entitled to of her husband's possessions.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of morganatic was in 1728

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“Morganatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morganatic. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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morganatic

adjective
mor·​ga·​nat·​ic ˌmȯr-gə-ˌnat-ik- How to pronounce morganatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a legal and recognized marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of lower rank who does not take on the title of the higher ranked person and whose children do not acquire the title or inheritance of the parent of higher rank
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