Merovingian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Merovingian of or relating to the Merovingian dynasty or its members
    • n Merovingian a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I that reigned in Gaul and Germany from about 500 to 750
    • n Merovingian a member of the Merovingian dynasty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Merovingian Of or pertaining to the first Frankish dynasty in Gaul or France.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Merovingian Taking name from Merowig or Merwig (Latin Merovæus), an alleged chief or king of a part of the Salian Franks and grandfather of Clovis: as, the Merovingian race, dynasty, or period. Clovis, invading the Roman part of Gaul in a. d. 486, founded the Merovingian or first race of French kings (several often reigning at the same time in different parts of France), which was succeeded by the Carolingian dynasty in 751 or 752. Some suppose Merowig or Merovæus to have been the patronymic of the family or clan of Clovis, derived from a more remote ancestor.
    • n Merovingian A member of the family to which the first dynasty of French kings belonged. See I.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Merovingian mer-o-vin′ji-an pertaining to the first dynasty of Frankish kings in Gaul, named from Merwig, king of the western or Salian Franks (448-457), grandfather of Clovis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Merovaeus, the Latin name of a king of the Franks

Usage

In literature:

It was a pity, I reflected, that we did not live in Merovingian times.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
The last Merovingians may have looked not otherwise.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A faint far-off rumour as of Merovingian wars; a legend as of some dead religion.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We cannot say whose son he was, or what bonds bound him to the Merovingian family.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Beneath the pavement of the chapel have recently been found fragments of sculptured stone dating from Merovingian times.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The Merovingians allowed themselves as much license in love as they did freedom from restraint in regard to the sterner passions.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
From the Merovingian period, too, a cross was often used.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
The Merovingian Franks are especially famous, or rather infamous, for their sexual sins.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
Merovingian dynasty, character of the times during which it ruled, i.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
All historians of Merovingian institutions and law have treated of the antrustions, and each one has his different system.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
But the heroic strain in the Merovingian blood soon exhausted itself.
"The Evolution of an Empire" by Mary Parmele
These changes characterize the Merovingian age of Frankish history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
Especially in Gaul, in the kingdom of the Merovingians, intellectual darkness spread all over the country.
"The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation" by Ernst Von Dobschutz
The Vascones readily recognized the sovereignty of the Merovingian kings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4" by Various
Chrannus in the genealogy of the Merovingian kings.
"Surnames as a Science" by Robert Ferguson
As to King Louis-Philippe, there was no more question of him than if he had belonged to the Merovingian Dynasty.
"The Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville" by Alexis De Tocqueville
The French kings of the Merovingian race had all treasures.
"An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
Damascening began in Europe apparently in the first century, and reached its height in the time of the Merovingian kings.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
The Merovingian kings piqued themselves on having more taste.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Under the Merovingian kings Limoges was celebrated for its mints and its goldsmiths' work.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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