from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unsuitable alliance, especially in marriage.
  • noun A mésalliance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An improper alliance or association; specifically, a marriage relation considered as degrading to one of the parties, owing to the inferior birth or standing of the other: in the latter sense often used in the French form, mésalliance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unsuitable alliance, especially an unsuitable marriage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)


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  • In the country of Wild Oats, wit and humor are held in sufficient estimation to win you forgiveness for what fools call a misalliance, and what I call a princely marriage.

    Laboulaye's Fairy Book

  • Despite the sexual misalliance indicated by the letter, Constance kept it for the rest of her life, along with some other letters and notes from Cecil in an envelope on which she wrote:

    Empire of Dreams

  • The persistent jittering and rolling of the frame line was the result of the misalliance between positive and negative stocks.

    Empire of Dreams

  • This wild series of overheated tableaux indicates the extent of the misalliance between Cecil and Agnes.

    Empire of Dreams

  • Sweet left the distinct impression that the entire stint at Lasky was a misalliance.

    Empire of Dreams

  • The marriage was meant to make up for the marital misalliance of her mother, Ludovica, the daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria.

    The Lonely Empress: The life of Elisabeth of Austria

  • She was born of the misalliance between George Gordon Byron, the rock and roll poet of the regency and Annabella Milbanke, the 'princess of parallelograms,' on December 10, 1815.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The marriage was meant to make up for the marital misalliance of her mother, Ludovica, the daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • The count, understanding it as an allusion to a misalliance of one of his ancestors with the daughter of a blacksmith, is thrown into

    The Monastery

  • It's sad, of course, that it takes the misalliance of innocent privileged white kids to be lined up against a shaky african american complainant to make this case so appealing to the general public.

    David Feige: The Race Card and Pernicious Prosecutions


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