[mis-uh-lahy-uh ns]


an improper or incompatible association, especially in marriage; mésalliance.

Origin of misalliance

1730–40; mis-1 + alliance, modeled on French mésalliance
Can be confusedmésalliance misalliance
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Examples from the Web for misalliance

Historical Examples of misalliance

  • Later the misalliance of the princess was cautiously touched upon.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • I believe that Lady Flora is little likely to contract such a misalliance.

    The Disowned, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The marriage had been a misalliance, her father being one of the crew of the flagship.

    The Red Room

    August Strindberg

  • "Misalliance: with a treatise on parents and children," 1914.

  • He had forgotten, in the blindness of his love, how shocking the misalliance would be.

    Zuleika Dobson

    Max Beerbohm

British Dictionary definitions for misalliance



an unsuitable alliance or marriage
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