mésalliance

mésalliance

[mey-zuh-lahy-uhns, mey-zal-ee-uhns; French mey-zal-yahns]
noun, plural mésalliances [mey-zuh-lahy-uhn-siz, mey-zal-ee-uhn-siz; French mey-zal-yahns] .
a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.

Origin:
1775–85; < French; see mis-, alliance

mésalliance, misalliance.
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mésalliance (mɛˈzælɪəns, French mezaljɑ̃s)
 
n
marriage with a person of lower social status
 
[C18: from French: misalliance]

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mesalliance
"marriage with a person of lower social position," 1782, from Fr. mésalliance, from pejorative prefix mes- (from L. mis-) + alliance.
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