Definition of Merovingian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛrəˈvɪn(d)ʒɪən/


Relating to the Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis and reigning in Gaul and Germany circa 500–750.
Example sentences
  • By 640, the Merovingian dynasty established by Clovis, rapidly declined.
  • In his study of the legal culture of Merovingian Gaul, Ian Wood asserts that written documents were considered important by both literate and non-literate members of the society.
  • The lives of the three Jura Fathers-Romanus, Lupicinus, and Eugendus-provide glimpses into the history and spirituality of Merovingian Gaul.


A member of the Merovingian dynasty.
Example sentences
  • Membership of the Frankish royal families, both the Merovingians and the Carolingians, was by contrast restricted to the male line, but the wives and mothers of kings were often from the aristocracy.
  • Under the Merovingians and the Carolingians Paris was an important centre of trade, and much of the wine sold there would have been produced locally.
  • If you want to read about the Merovingians, the Knights Templar and the conspiracies surrounding Mary Magdalene and the Jesus bloodline, look out a copy of Henry Lincoln's Holy Blood - Holy Grail.


From French mérovingien, from medieval Latin Merovingi 'descendants of Merovich' (Clovis' grandfather, semi-legendary 5th-century Frankish leader).

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