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.
Sigebert, the Ripuarian, defeated an Alamannic invasion at Tolbiac (496) with Salian support.
According to the Salic and Ripuarian law this would be one order of succession :
Ripuarian Franks the original lands of the House of Lorraine, Alsace, and a part of Burgundy.
Franks were divided into the Ripuarian and Salian Franks; the former settled on both sides of the middle and lower Rhine, the latter advanced from the Scheldt to the Somme.
Their sovereigns, both Salian and Ripuarian, belonged to the Merovingian family and seem to have been descended from Clodion.
Gallo-Roman lived according to the code, the barbarian according to the Salian or Ripuarian law; in other words, the law was personal, not territorial.
The Ripuarian law condemned the female delinquent to slavery; but the woman had the alternative of killing her base-born husband.
The later law of the Ripuarian Franks treats it more distinctly from the former point of view.
Ripuarian Franks, settled, the latter in the east of Belgica, on the banks of the Moselle and the Rhine; the former toward the west, between the Meuse, the ocean, and the Somme.
He began with the most powerful of the tribes, the Ripuarian Franks.
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