Merovingian

adjective

Mer·​o·​vin·​gian ˌmer-ə-ˈvin-j(ē-)ən How to pronounce Merovingian (audio)
: of or relating to the first Frankish dynasty reigning from about a.d. 500 to 751
Merovingian noun

Examples of Merovingian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See it → 3,500-year-old shipwreck — one of world's oldest — sank carrying items in hot demand The ring dated to the fifth or sixth centuries and matched a style worn by the Merovingian elite, the museum said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 The ring dated to the fifth or sixth centuries and matched a style worn by the Merovingian elite, the museum said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French mérovingien, from Medieval Latin Merovingi Merovingians, from Merovaeus Merowig †458 Frankish founder of the dynasty

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Merovingian was in 1687

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“Merovingian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Merovingian. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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