Origin of morganatic
Examples from the Web for morganatic
Historical Examples of morganatic
But it was a tough break for Frank—morganatic marriage and all that.
He had thought it a sacrifice to suggest a morganatic marriage.
You must have heard even in England of what is called a morganatic marriage?
The same may be said of a slave woman, or of a morganatic wife.
Morganatic marriages for princes have continued down to our own time.
Word Origin for morganatic
1727, from French morganatique (18c.), from Medieval Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam "marriage of the morning," probably from Old High German *morgangeba (Middle High German morgengabe) "morning gift," corresponding to Old English morgengifu (see morn + gift). In an unequal marriage between a man of royal blood and a common woman, this was a gift traditionally given to the wife on the morning after consummation, representing the only share she and her children may claim in the husband's estate. Also known as left-handed marriage, because the groom gives the bride his left hand instead of his right, but sometimes this latter term is used of a class of marriage (especially in Germany) where the spouse of inferior rank is not elevated, but the children inherit rights of succession. Related: Morganatically.