Definition of Merovingian

1. Noun. A member of the Merovingian dynasty.

Group relationships: Merovingian Dynasty
Generic synonyms: Crowned Head, Monarch, Sovereign

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the Merovingian dynasty or its members.

3. Noun. A Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I that reigned in Gaul and Germany from about 500 to 750.
Exact synonyms: Merovingian Dynasty
Generic synonyms: Dynasty

Definition of Merovingian

1. a. Of or pertaining to the first Frankish dynasty in Gaul or France.

Definition of Merovingian

1. Noun. One of a Salian Frankish dynasty that came to rule the Franks in a region (known as ''Francia'' in Latin) largely corresponding to ancient Gaul from the middle of the 5th century, and whose politics involved frequent civil warfare among branches of the family. ¹

2. Adjective. of or relating to this dynasty ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Merovingian

Merlangus merlangus
Merluccius bilinearis
Merovingian (current term)
Merovingian dynasty
Merrifield knife
Merrifield synthesis
Merrimack River
Merry Andrew
Merry Andrews
Merry Christmas

Literary usage of Merovingian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Medieval History by John Bagnell Bury, James Pounder Whitney (1913)
"There is one very important general question which arises in regi to the Merovingian institutions. According to certain historians the Roman school, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"(87) The wealth of the Merovingian princes consisted in their extensive domain. After the conquest of Gaul, they still delighted in the rustic simplicity of ..."

3. Elements of History, Ancient and Modern by Joseph Emerson Worcester (1871)
"Thus first race of the French kings is styled Merovingian, ... The Merovingian kings, who were generally weak sovereigns, continued to possess the throne ..."

4. An Historical Development of the Present Political Constitution of the by Johann Stephan Pütter, Josiah Dornford (1790)
"The decline of the Merovingian race, ... concerning the dignity of Roman Patrician—Total fall of the Merovingian race, ... of the royal Merovingian race. ..."

5. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"17 Under the Merovingian race, the throne was hereditary ; but all the sons of the deceased monarch were equally entitled to their share of his treasures ..."

6. A History of Diplomacy in the International Development of Europe by David Jayne Hill (1905)
"CHAP, n A.Dt 500-800 The decay of the Merovingian dynasty ory was called upon ... The crimes and cruelties of the Merovingian kings rendered the record of ..."

7. The Monks of the West, from St. Benedict to St. Bernard by Charles Forbes Montalembert, Aurélien Courson (1872)
"... princesses of the Merovingian blood. — This occurs at the time of the arrival of Columba, the great Celtic missionary, in Gaul. V. THE MONKS AND NATURE. ..."

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