[ mer-uh-vin-jee-uh n, -juh n ]
/ ˌmɛr əˈvɪn dʒi ən, -dʒən /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for merovingian



1690s, from French Mérovingien, from Medieval Latin Merovingi, "descendants of Meroveus," (mythical?) ancestor of the line of Frankish kings in Gaul (c.500-752) beginning with Clovis; Merovingi is a Latinization of his Germanic name (cf. Old High German Mar-wig "famed-fight") with the Germanic patronymic suffix -ing.

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