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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.
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.
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.
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