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lesser

  

      adj   not as great in quantity, size, or worth  


Lesser Antilles  
      pl n   the. a group of islands in the Caribbean, including the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Barbados, and the Netherlands Antilles,   (Also called)    Caribbees  
lesser celandine  
      n   a Eurasian ranunculaceous plant, Ranunculus ficaria, having yellow flowers and heart-shaped leaves,   (Also called)    pilewort      Compare       greater celandine  
lesser panda  
      n      See       panda       2  
Lesser Sunda Islands  
      pl n      the former name of       Nusa Tenggara  
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lesser

  
  
inferior, less important, lower, minor, secondary, slighter, subordinate, under-  
  
Antonyms     
   greater, higher, major, primary, superior  

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n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
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