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?
Morganatic marriages for princes have continued down to our own time.
The same may be said of a slave woman, or of a morganatic wife.
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.