Definition of morganatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɔːɡəˈnætɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɔːrɡəˈnætɪk//
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(of a marriage) in which the title or possessions of the partner who has higher social rank will not be passed on to the other partner, or to their children Word Origin early 18th cent.: from modern Latin morganaticus, from medieval Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam ‘marriage with a morning gift’ (because a morning gift, given by a husband to his wife on the morning after the marriage, was the wife's sole entitlement in a marriage of this kind).
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