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[mey-zuh-lahy-uh ns, mey-zal-ee-uh ns; French mey-zal-yahns] /ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ əns, meɪˈzæl i əns; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s/

noun, plural mésalliances
[mey-zuh-lahy-uh n-siz, mey-zal-ee-uh n-siz; French mey-zal-yahns] /ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ ən sɪz, meɪˈzæl i ən sɪz; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.
/mɛˈzælɪəns; French mezaljɑ̃s/
marriage with a person of lower social status

“marriage with a person of lower social position,” 1782, from French mésalliance, from pejorative prefix mes- (from Latin mis-; see mis-) + alliance (see alliance).


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