Definition of Frankish in US English:



  • Relating to the ancient Franks or their language.

    • ‘The office of Mayor of the Palace, whose initial duties were mostly domestic, gradually grew in power to become the most influential figure at the Frankish court.’
    • ‘In 800, Pope Leo III crowned the Frankish ruler Charlemagne emperor of the Romans.’
    • ‘One who left early was a Frankish knight called Walter.’
    • ‘Maximian in turn appointed the officer Carausius to assist in the battle against the Saxon and Frankish raiders attacking the north Gaulish coast.’
    • ‘On a smaller scale, what Charlemagne aspired to achieve for the Frankish realm, perhaps the Northumbrian kings wished to achieve in the remote north.’
    • ‘Wilfrid was spokesman for the visiting Frankish bishop Agilbert from Wessex, and his priest Agatho, main advocates for Rome.’
    • ‘Feudalism probably originated in the Frankish kingdom in the 8th century and spread into northern Italy, Spain, and Germany.’
    • ‘The French have barred Henry's claim by holding up an ancient Frankish law (the Salic Law) that does not allow inheritance through women.’
    • ‘Therefore, the Norman system was coloured by Frankish practice and was still firmly entrenched in the familia - the lord's hearth.’
    • ‘The Frankish army was just threatening enough that Zengi could not risk being trapped between it and the Damascenes; he withdrew to Baalbeck to await a better moment.’
    • ‘Offa's standing is emphasized by a famous letter to him from the great Frankish king, Charlemagne.’
    • ‘It was unthinkable that a Saxon should be tried by Frankish law, even though they both had the same king.’
    • ‘Compared to Charlemagne or Louis the Pious, the Frankish king enjoyed very limited powers and those of their consorts were inevitably weakened as well.’
    • ‘As time went by the dukedom was enlarged, and the inhabitants became less and less Viking, and more Frankish in their way of life until eventually they became the people now known as the Normans.’
    • ‘But the Frankish lands show yet another dynamic: a vigorous native culture that moved into an area of strong Roman traditions.’
    • ‘Arbogastes, of barbarian Frankish origins and thus constitutionally excluded from holding imperial power, had no choice but to rebel and appoint his own nominee emperor.’
    • ‘But it was in 1165 that Frederick Barbarossa had the Frankish emperor Charlemagne canonized and a liturgical cult spread across Europe thereafter.’
    • ‘Hence, Viking graves often contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks, Frankish weapons, Rhenish glass, and other products of an extensive trade.’
    • ‘For example, passing references in poems support both Frankish laws and archaeological evidence in suggesting that the Vikings got some of their weapons from western Europe.’
    • ‘Although the Frankish kingdom went into decline, the death of Charlemagne was only one cause of the decline. We must consider the renewed invasions from barbarian tribes.’


  • The West Germanic language of the ancient Franks.

    • ‘There are many more in Frankish, but I'm not sure how I'll get hold of those.’
    • ‘The room was mixed with conversations in Gaelic, Roman, Galic, and Frankish.’
    • ‘The northern tongue was influenced by Frankish, the Germanic language of the Franks, who gave their name to both France and French.’
    • ‘He studied Latin and Greek, though he spoke only Frankish.’