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[sal-ik, sey-lik] /ˈsæl ɪk, ˈseɪ lɪk/
of or relating to the Salian Franks.
Also, Salique.
Origin of Salic
1540-50; < Medieval Latin Salicus, equivalent to Late Latin Sal(iī) (plural) tribal name + -icus -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Salic
Historical Examples
  • It was no longer a question of Salic law—a dispute whether a woman could reign.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The texts of the Salic law give us incontrovertible evidence.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • By the Salic law no woman or descendant of a woman could occupy the throne.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This shows how the Salic law was not kept, except as to the crown.

    The book of the ladies Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
  • But the common and vulgar fool says: Must observe the Salic law.

    The book of the ladies Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
  • From that, we can see how this Salic law has been corrupted.

    The book of the ladies Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
  • Neither was burdened with any law of succession, Salic or other.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Salic land, said Montesquieu, was the land belonging to the house.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • The Salic law is that you must take everything with a grain of salt.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • There is some resemblance between the Morris and the Salic dance.

British Dictionary definitions for Salic


/ˈsælɪk; ˈseɪ-/
(of rocks and minerals) having a high content of silica and alumina
Word Origin
C20: from s(ilica) + al(umina) + -ic


/ˈsælɪk; ˈseɪlɪk/
of or relating to the Salian Franks or the Salic law
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Salic

"based on or contained in the law code of the Salian Franks," 1540s, from French Salique, from Medieval Latin Salicus, from the Salian Franks, a tribe that once lived near the Zuider Zee, the ancestors of the Merovingian kings, literally "those living near the river Sala" (modern Ijssel).

Salic Law, code of law of Germanic tribes, was invoked 1316 by Philip V of France to exclude a woman from succeeding to the throne of France (and later to combat the French claims of Edward III of England), but the precise meaning of the passage is unclear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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