/mer'euh vin"jee euhn, -jeuhn/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to the Frankish dynasty established by Clovis, which reigned in Gaul and Germany from A.D. 476 to 751.
2. a member or supporter of the Merovingian dynasty.
[1685-95; < F mérovingien, equiv. to méroving- ( < ML < Gmc; cf. OE Merewiowing offspring of Merewig, grandfather of Clovis) + -ien -IAN]

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