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mésalliance

[ mey-zuh-lahy-uhns, mey-zal-ee-uhns; French mey-zal-yahns ]
/ ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ əns, meɪˈzæl i əns; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s /
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noun, plural mé·sal·li·anc·es [mey-zuh-lahy-uhn-siz, mey-zal-ee-uhn-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.

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Origin of mésalliance

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mésalliance

mésalliance , misalliance
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British Dictionary definitions for mésalliance

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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