Definition of Merovingian in English:

Merovingian

adjective

  • Relating to the Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis and reigning in Gaul and Germany c.500–750.

    • ‘In his study of the legal culture of Merovingian Gaul, Ian Wood asserts that written documents were considered important by both literate and non-literate members of the society.’
    • ‘This theme, too, recurred in another dream in which he found himself surrounded by sarcophagi dating from Merovingian times.’
    • ‘This script is characterized by clear, neat letters, with each word clearly separated from one another, rather than all run together as Merovingian script often was.’
    • ‘Then, during excavations on the rue Descartes in 1909, three sarcophagi from the ancient Merovingian cemetery were found, two of adult size and one of child size.’
    • ‘His Merovingian successors extended Frankish powers east of the Rhine.’
    • ‘By 640, the Merovingian dynasty established by Clovis, rapidly declined.’
    • ‘It was under Merovingian control and then absorbed into the CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE.’
    • ‘The Franks occupied Gaul, developing into the powerful Merovingian Empire, whose art synthesized a wide range of influences, Gallo-Roman, Byzantine, and even Coptic.’
    • ‘The Alma bridge in Paris where Diana met her death, it was claimed, was built at a site of pagan sacrifice and ritual combat for the Merovingian kings.’
    • ‘Later in his rule, the reigning Merovingian king being an incompetent drunkard, Pepin sent a letter to the Pope asking for his support in deposing the king.’
    • ‘He and his brother, however, became embroiled in Merovingian high politics and were both suspected of treason by Queen Balthild.’
    • ‘I still have some trouble thinking of the Merovingian kings of the 8th century as belonging to Late Antiquity, but no term is without compromise.’
    • ‘Forty-five aristocratic Merovingian tombs have been discovered over the past few weeks in the Haut-Rhin.’
    • ‘The case lasted for more than three weeks and the closely watched proceedings consisted of heated debates over the Merovingian monarchy, the Knights Templar and Jesus' bloodline.’
    • ‘Founder of the Merovingian dynasty was Merovaeus, said to be descended from the union of a sea creature and a French queen.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the number of texts is ridiculous - some 3000 pages, and they're all about Merovingian Gaul, which is cool, but not that cool.’
    • ‘The lives of the three Jura Fathers-Romanus, Lupicinus, and Eugendus-provide glimpses into the history and spirituality of Merovingian Gaul.’
    • ‘Brown testified at the hearings, which were peppered with abstruse debate over the Merovingian monarchy, the Knights Templar and the bloodline of Jesus Christ, all of which feature in The Da Vinci Code.’
    • ‘The beginnings of monastic viticulture in Burgundy were in these Merovingian times.’
    • ‘I guess we should have someone of the Merovingian bloodline, or at least one of the Romanov's or something.’

noun

  • A member of the Merovingian dynasty.

    • ‘All true European royalty is descended from the Merovingians, which are believed to be descendants of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘In A.D.42, Mary and Sarah move with their supporters to France, where their descendants marry into a royal French family, the Merovingians.’
    • ‘Membership of the Frankish royal families, both the Merovingians and the Carolingians, was by contrast restricted to the male line, but the wives and mothers of kings were often from the aristocracy.’
    • ‘Anyhow, the Merovingians didn't do much for Europe, or for themselves, for that matter.’
    • ‘The mayors ruled the Franks in all essential points, and the Merovingians were mere figureheads.’
    • ‘Pepin united Gaul under his rule, for under the later Merovingians large sections had become largely independent.’
    • ‘He urged Church reform on the Merovingians, reviving the vicariate of Arles at their request.’
    • ‘Under the Merovingians and the Carolingians Paris was an important centre of trade, and much of the wine sold there would have been produced locally.’
    • ‘If you want to read about the Merovingians, the Knights Templar and the conspiracies surrounding Mary Magdalene and the Jesus bloodline, look out a copy of Henry Lincoln's Holy Blood - Holy Grail.’
    • ‘The Merovingians had signally failed to rule other peoples, or even themselves, and it was this system that Charles had inherited.’
    • ‘Could Patrick West be a secret descendant of the Merovingians?’
    • ‘The Merovingians are in action against Leodiensians at Percy Road.’
    • ‘Brown's police cryptographer Sophie, a native Parisian, hugely blunders in claiming that Paris was founded by the Merovingians.’
    • ‘There's not a Merovingian, or a Magdalene, in sight.’
    • ‘The Merovingians were warriors rather than administrators, few of them showing any interest in government.’
    • ‘Two of these parchments were genealogies of King Dagobert II, the last of the Frankish dynasty of Priest-Kings known as the Merovingians.’
    • ‘It is important to note that hairstyle was sometimes a marker of class, as among the Merovingians.’

Origin

From French mérovingien, from medieval Latin Merovingi ‘descendants of Merovich’ (Clovis' grandfather, semi-legendary 5th-century Frankish leader).

Pronunciation

Merovingian

/ˌmɛrəˈvɪn(d)ʒɪən/