Origin of morganatic
Examples from the Web for morganatic
This marriage was morganatic, that is, the lady does not take the name, rank and title of her husband.Face to Face with Kaiserism|James W. Gerard
In Germany “left-handed” or “morganatic” marriages were allowed by the Salic law between nobles and women of lower rank.
Nothing but a morganatic marriage would be possible, and this would deprive his children of the throne.Long Live the King|Mary Roberts Rinehart
This being the case, with Helen Mowbray as his morganatic wife, there could be no direct heir to the throne.The Princess Virginia|C. N. Williamson
In that case, you think she would have been overjoyed with an offer to become the morganatic wife of the Emperor?The Adventure of Princess Sylvia|Mrs. C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for morganatic
Word Origin for morganatic
Word Origin and History 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.