Definition of Ripuarian in US English:

Ripuarian

noun

  • 1Medieval History. In plural A branch of the Frankish people, who occupied the banks of the Rhine between the Moselle and Meuse from the 5th cent. a.d.; the Eastern Franks.

  • 2A Middle German dialect or group of dialects.

adjective

  • 1Medieval History. Designating the code of law observed by the Ripuarian Franks, apparently consolidated in the first half of the 7th cent. a.d.

  • 2Medieval History. Designating the Eastern or Rhineland Franks; of or relating to this people. Chiefly in "Ripuarian Franks".

  • 3Designating a Middle German dialect or group of dialects.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Selden (1584–1654), lawyer and historical and linguistic scholar. From post-classical Latin Ripuarius (also Ribuarius) + -an.

Pronunciation

Ripuarian

/ˌrɪpjʊˈɛːrɪən/