One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A romantic story centred on a particular family.
2Psychoanalysis (in Freudian theory) a childhood fantasy characterized by the belief that one is not the child of one's parents, but that one is in fact of royal or high birth.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859), novelist and socialite.
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