[mey-zuh-lahy-uh ns, mey-zal-ee-uh ns; French mey-zal-yahns]

noun, plural mé·sal·li·anc·es [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/.

a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.

Nearby words

  1. mérida,
  2. méridienne,
  3. mérimée,
  4. mérimée, prosper,
  5. méringue,
  6. métayage,
  7. métayer,
  8. métier,
  9. métis,
  10. métisse

Origin of mésalliance

From French, dating back to 1775–85; see origin at mis-1, alliance

Can be confusedmésalliance misalliance

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British Dictionary definitions for mesalliance



marriage with a person of lower social status

Word Origin for mésalliance

C18: from French: misalliance

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Word Origin and History for mesalliance



"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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