Merovingian

Merovingian

[mer-uh-vin-jee-uhn, -juhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Frankish dynasty established by Clovis, which reigned in Gaul and Germany from a.d. 476 to 751.
noun
2.
a member or supporter of the Merovingian dynasty.

Origin:
1685–95; < French mérovingien, equivalent to méroving- (< Medieval Latin < Germanic; compare Old English Merewīowing offspring of Merewig, grandfather of Clovis) + -ien -ian

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Merovingian (ˌmɛrəʊˈvɪndʒɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I, which ruled Gaul and W Germany from about 500 to 751 ad
 
n
2.  a member or supporter of this dynasty
 
[C17: from French, from Medieval Latin Merovingi offspring of Merovaeus, Latin form of Merowig, traditional founder of the line]

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Merovingian
1694, from Fr. Mérovingien, from M.L. Merovingi, "descendants of Meroveus," (mythical?) ancestor of the line of Frank. kings in Gaul (c.500-752) beginning with Clovis; the name is a Latinization of O.H.G. Mar-wig "famed-fight" + Gmc. patronymic suffix -ing.
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