[sey-lee-uh n, seyl-yuh n]
- of, relating to, or designating a Frankish people who lived in the region of the Rhine near the North Sea.
- a Salian Frank.
Origin of Salian
1605–15; < Late Latin Sali(ī) (plural) tribal name + -an
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Examples from the Web for salian
For five years the young Salian chieftain lived in peace with his neighbours.Theodoric the Goth
This, however, still leaves open the question as to what is the origin of Salian.Surnames as a Science
Among the Romans, too, there were sacred dances: the Salian and Lupercalian being named as of that kind.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
At this time Tournai became the capital of the Salian Franks.
Clovis was king of the Sicambrians, one of the tribes of the Salian Franks.
- denoting or relating to a group of Franks (the Salii) who settled in the Netherlands in the 4th century ad and later conquered large areas of Gaul, esp in the north
- a member of this group
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