Origin of morganaticfrom Medieval Latin (matrimonium ad) morganaticam, (marriage with) morning gift from morganaticum, altered from Old High German morgengeba, literally , morning gift: gift given to a bride on the day after her marriage (in lieu of any share in the husband's property)
Origin of morganaticNew Latin morganāticus from Medieval Latin (mātrimōnium ad) morganāticam (marriage for the) morning-gift of Germanic origin
(comparative more morganatic, superlative most morganatic)
- Designating a marriage (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 husband's possessions or title). It was not an aspect of English law, but was common in other royal houses, especially in Germany.
From Medieval Latin morganaticus, from morganaticum (“morning-gift"), from Proto-Germanic *murganagebÅ (whence Old English morgenÄ¡ifu).