Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A Frankish ruling dynasty (c. A.D. 450-751) founded by Merovech (fl. fifth century) and brought to prominence by Clovis I.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a Salian Frankish dynasty that came to rule the Franks in a region (known as Francia in Latin) largely corresponding to ancient Gaul from the middle of the 5th century, and whose politics involved frequent civil warfare among branches of the family.
  • adj. of or relating to this dynasty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the first Frankish dynasty in Gaul or France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Taking name from Merowig or Merwig (Latin Merovæus), an alleged chief or king of a part of the Salian Franks and grandfather of
  • n. A member of the family to which the first dynasty of French kings belonged. See I.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Merovingian dynasty
  • adj. of or relating to the Merovingian dynasty or its members
  • n. a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I that reigned in Gaul and Germany from about 500 to 750

Etymologies

From French mérovingien. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brown follows Margaret Starbird in deriving the dynastic name Merovingian from the French "mer" for sea and "vigne" for vine.

    Dan Brown's statement to the court tells us how little he knows

  • Abbé Hoffet was then very alert despite his eighty years, and all his life he had attempted to establish a legitimate line of descent of Dagobert II, the saint, that is to say a Merovingian line down to our day.

    The Sion Revelation

  • Presumably the gold could have been identified as Merovingian by trace element analysis – gold from different sources contains slightly different trace quantities of other metals, which can be measured by mass spectrometry and other techniques – though this isn’t specified in the press reports.

    ‘Anglo-Saxon’ cemetery discovered in Yorkshire

  • He and a few friends had founded a so-called Merovingian Party, which advocated, by means of posters and pamphlets, the return of Chilperic’s descendants to the throne.

    The Sion Revelation

  • WhileThe Matrix ’s sacred city of “Zion”/Sion is not unique to Priory lore, it is hard to find another source for the character called the Merovingian.

    The Sion Revelation

  • To me it calls to mind how St. Columbanus brought a purified faith from Ireland to Merovingian Gaul.

    Africa

  • Descending from the dukes of Gascony and the Merovingian kings, he was exceedingly proud of his royal connections and, sublimely self-assured, he held sway over a worshipful band of muses, literary ladies and young Symbolists.

    The Dandy | Edwardian Promenade

  • Michael Sheen briefly shows up with a campy and obnoxious riff on Merovingian from The Matrix Reloaded.

    Scott Mendelson: HuffPost Review: Tron: Legacy (2010)

  • One of the most important sources from the early medieval period is The History of the Franks, written in the late sixth century by Gregory of Tours, the bishop of Tours for twenty-one years and an important political figure in the Merovingian kingdom.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » Episodes of Medieval Warfare from the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours

  • One possibility is that Aethelbert saw himself as having some sort of 'special relationship' with the Merovingian kings but wouldn't accept Christianity from their priest in case that turned him into a client king possibly the Merovingians already saw him as a client...

    Intermarriage in early medieval Britain

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