Tullis jestingly called himself the little Prince's "morganatic godfather."
But it was a tough break for Frank—morganatic marriage and all that.
As it is a morganatic marriage (he is a Royal Prince) she can't take his name and title.
He had thought it a sacrifice to suggest a morganatic marriage.
Neither she nor her friends would be in the least likely to consider anything in the nature of a morganatic alliance.
The same may be said of a slave woman, or of a morganatic wife.
King George, with a senile confusing of terms, always insisted on speaking of the marriage as morganatic.
morganatic marriages for princes have continued down to our own time.
Under a morganatic union woman is still more debased than in the ordinary marriage relation.
There is much misunderstanding in America as to these morganatic marriages.
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.