Morganatic Definition

Designating or of a form of marriage between a royal or noble person and a person of inferior rank, with the provision that neither the spouse of inferior rank nor any children from the marriage may lay claim to the rank or property of the other spouse.
Webster's New World

Origin of Morganatic

  • From Medieval Latin morganaticus, from morganaticum (“morning-gift"), from Proto-Germanic *murganagebō (whence Old English morgenÄ¡ifu).

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin morganāticus from Medieval Latin (mātrimōnium ad) morganāticam (marriage for the) morning-gift of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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