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mésalliance

[mey-zuh-lahy-uh ns, mey-zal-ee-uh ns; French mey-zal-yahns] /ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ əns, meɪˈzæl i əns; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s/
noun, plural mésalliances
[mey-zuh-lahy-uh n-siz, mey-zal-ee-uh n-siz; French mey-zal-yahns] /ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ ən sɪz, meɪˈzæl i ən sɪz; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
1.
a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French; see mis-, alliance
Can be confused
mésalliance, misalliance.
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mésalliance

/mɛˈzælɪəns; French mezaljɑ̃s/
noun
1.
marriage with a person of lower social status
Word Origin
C18: from French: misalliance
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n.

"marriage with a person of lower social position," 1782, from French mésalliance, from pejorative prefix mes- (from Latin mis-; see mis-) + alliance (see alliance).

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