mésalliance

[ 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 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.

Origin of mésalliance

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

Can be confused

mésalliance misalliance
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mésalliance

/ (mɛˈzælɪəns, French mezaljɑ̃s) /

noun

marriage with a person of lower social status

Word Origin for mésalliance

C18: from French: misalliance
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