noun, plural mé·sal·li·anc·es [mey-zuhlahyuh n-siz, mey-zal-ee-uh n-siz; French mey-zal-yahns] /ˌmeɪ zəˈlaɪ ən sɪz, meɪˈzæl i ən sɪz; French meɪ zalˈyɑ̃s/.

  1. a marriage with someone who is considered socially inferior; misalliance.


  1. marriage with a person of lower social status

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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