[ mer-uh-vin-jee-uhn, -juhn ]
/ ˌmɛr əˈvɪn dʒi ən, -dʒən /
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of or relating to the Frankish dynasty established by Clovis, which reigned in Gaul and Germany from a.d. 476 to 751.
a member or supporter of the Merovingian dynasty.
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Origin of Merovingian
1685–95; <French mérovingien, equivalent to méroving- (<Medieval Latin <Germanic; compare Old English Merewīowing offspring of Merewig, grandfather of Clovis) + -ien-ian
Words nearby Merovingian
meropia, meroplankton, Merops, meros, -merous, Merovingian, merozoite, Merriam, Merrick, merrier, merry, Merrill
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How to use Merovingian in a sentence
To him we date the first memorable step which Europe took out of the anarchies of the Merovingian age.
Society in Europe, in the eleventh century, was nearly as dark and degraded as it was on the fall of the Merovingian dynasty.
The house was founded in 649 by St. Wandrille, of Merovingian blood.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
He was the last of the Merovingian line who exercised any actual power.A History of Germany|Bayard Taylor
This proved one of the chief weaknesses of the Merovingian monarchy.
British Dictionary definitions for Merovingian
/ (ˌmɛrəʊˈvɪndʒɪən) /
of or relating to a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I, which ruled Gaul and W Germany from about 500 to 751 ad
a member or supporter of this dynasty
Word Origin for Merovingian
C17: from French, from Medieval Latin Merovingi offspring of Merovaeus, Latin form of Merowig, traditional founder of the line
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