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

  • adj. Of or relating to the Salian Franks.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Salic law or to the legal code of the Salian Franks.

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  • adj. Salian.


French salique, from Medieval Latin Salicus, from Late Latin Saliī, the Salian Franks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin Salicus, from Latin Salii ("Salian Franks") + -icus (Wiktionary)


  • "I say, that unluckily there exists in France a law they call the Salic law, which destroys all our pretensions."

    Chicot the Jester

  • Custom, entitled the Salic law, has excluded them from the crown of France; but it is not, as Mézeray remarks, in consequence of their unfitness for governing, since they are almost always intrusted with the regency.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • This established the principle, later called the Salic Law, that the throne could pass only through males.

    c. France

  • The chief of these were the Burgundians, who were the first to establish themselves in burgs, in the country between the Alps and the Rhone, and were already Christians; and the Franks, who came over the Rhine, and whose royal line was properly called the Salic (from the river Yssel), but is also known as the Meerwings (sons of Meerwig), and as the Long-haired, because unshorn locks were a token of royal descent.

    A Parallel History of France and England; Consisting of Outlines and Dates

  • Now there was an ancient law prevailing in certain portions of France, called the Salic law, [C] by which female children were excluded from inheriting the possessions of their fathers.

    Richard II Makers of History

  • In France, however, there is a law called the 'Salic' law, which excludes females from the throne; but it is maintained by many learned in the law, that although a female is held to be incompetent to reign because from her sex she cannot lead her armies to battle, yet she no ways forfeits otherwise her rights, and that her son is therefore the heir to the throne.

    St. George for England

  • Aragon on the other hand, followed Salic law which meant that only a male could inherit the throne.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Basing their interpretation feudal law on the ancient Salic Law, royal inheritance could not pass to a woman or through a woman to her offspring.

    Archive 2008-03-02

  • And certainly inheritance is only through the male or line plus or minus the odd Salic Law or two.

    Correcting Reality

  • The King then mentions: ‘if the Romanian Nation and Parliament were to decide to reinstate the Monarchy as the form of government’ the king will ask the Parliament ‘to cease to implement the Salic-law as the form of succession, which does not correspond either to the elementary rights in Europe today, or to the values of Romanian society’.

    Romanian Dynasty Today: Line of Succession « Diana Mandache's Weblog


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