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 Originearly 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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