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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a group of Franks who settled along the Rhine, near Cologne, in the fourth century A.D.
  • n. A Ripuarian Frank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A West Germanic dialect group spoken in the Rhineland (western Germany), eastern Belgium and southern Dutch Limburg, from northwest of Düsseldorf and Cologne to Aachen in the west and Waldbröl in the east.
  • proper n. Historically, the plural (Ripuarians) denotes the Ripuarian tribal section of the Frank people (comprising several tribes), who after some migration inhabited this region, as opposed notably to the Salian branch.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Ripuarian people or (one of) its members or descendants.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to one, all, or any of the Ripuarian dialects.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a Ripuarian speaker or speakers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or dwelling near a shore.

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin Ripuārius.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin Ripuarius (perhaps from Latin ripa ("river bank")) +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

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