[sal-ik, sey-lik]
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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for salic

Historical Examples of salic

  • 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)

  • But the common and vulgar fool says: Must observe the Salic law.

    The book of the ladies

    Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme

  • This shows how the Salic law was not kept, except as to the crown.

    The book of the ladies

    Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme

British Dictionary definitions for salic


  1. (of rocks and minerals) having a high content of silica and alumina

Word Origin for salic

C20: from s (ilica) + al (umina) + -ic



  1. of or relating to the Salian Franks or the Salic law
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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