But should a “holy alliance of legitimates” extinguish it, it will be but for a season.
This extraordinarily mixed family of legitimates and illegitimates seems to have maintained a certain kind of harmony.
His overweening pride received another shock through his new friends the legitimates.
mid-15c., "lawfully begotten," from Middle French legitimer and directly from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful," from Latin legitimus "lawful," originally "fixed by law, in line with the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal). Transferred sense of "genuine, real" is attested from 1550s. Related: Legitimately.
1590s, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)). Related: Legitimated; legitimating.