Definition of mariage blanc in English:

mariage blanc

noun

  • An unconsummated marriage.

    • ‘After taking the name Bert Savoy, he contracted a mariage blanc with a chorus girl and they came to New York as Savoy & Savoy. ...’
    • ‘In a mariage blanc of convenience (for her), he married Thomas Mann's daughter Erika, giving her instant American citizenship and thus saving her from the Nazis.’
    • ‘‘The discreet go-betweens are said to be asking members of other royal families and carefully vetted socialites if they might be interested in ‘un mariage blanc.’’

Origin

French, literally ‘white marriage’.

Pronunciation

mariage blanc

/maʀjaʒ blɑ̃//ˌmarɪɑːʒ ˈblɒ̃/