Morganatic
Morganatic Mor`ga*nat"ic, a. [LL. matrimonium ad morganaticam, fr. morganatica a morning gift, a kind of dowry paid on the morning before or after the marriage, fr. OHG. morgan morning, in morgangeba morning gift, G. morgengabe. See {Morn}.] Pertaining to, in the manner of, or designating, a kind of marriage, called also {left-handed marriage}, between a man of superior rank and a woman of inferior, in which it is stipulated that neither the latter nor her children shall enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband. --Brande & C. -- {Mor`ga*nat"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • morganatic — MORGANÁTIC, Ă adj. Căsătorie morganatică = căsătorie între un bărbat dintr o familie monarhică sau princiară şi o femeie de altă condiţie socială, care nu i este socotită soţie decât din punct de vedere legal, fără a fi ridicată la rangul lui.… …   Dicționar Român

  • morganatic — (adj.) 1727, from Fr. morganatique (18c.), from M.L. matrimonium ad morganaticam marriage of the morning, probably from O.H.G. *morgangeba (M.H.G. morgengabe) morning gift, corresponding to O.E. morgengifu (see MORN (Cf. morn) + gift). In an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • morganatic — [môr΄gə nat′ik] adj. [< ML (matrimonium ad) morganaticam, (marriage with) morning gift < morganaticum, altered < OHG morgengeba, morning gift, gift given to the wife on the day after marriage (in lieu of any share in the husband s… …   English World dictionary

  • morganatic — [18] A morganatic marriage is one between people of different social status, in which the rank and entitlements of the higherstatus partner are not shared by the lower or their offspring. The word morganatic is a survival of an ancient Germanic… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • morganatic — [18] A morganatic marriage is one between people of different social status, in which the rank and entitlements of the higherstatus partner are not shared by the lower or their offspring. The word morganatic is a survival of an ancient Germanic… …   Word origins

  • morganatic — adjective /mɔːɡəˈnatɪk,mɔɻɡəˈnætɪk/ Designating a marriage (or the wife involved) between a man of higher rank and a woman of lower rank, often having various legal repercussions (typically that such a wife has no claim on the husbands… …   Wiktionary

  • morganatic — adj. Morganatic is used with these nouns: ↑marriage …   Collocations dictionary

  • morganatic — adjective Etymology: New Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam, literally, marriage with morning gift Date: circa 1741 of, relating to, or being a marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of inferior rank in which the rank of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • morganatic — morganatically, adv. /mawr geuh nat ik/, adj. of or pertaining to a form of marriage in which a person of high rank, as a member of the nobility, marries someone of lower station with the stipulation that neither the low ranking spouse nor their… …   Universalium

  • morganàtic — mor|ga|nà|tic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

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