[kar-uh-lin-jee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to the Frankish dynasty that reigned in France a.d. 751–987, first under Charlemagne, and in Germany until a.d. 911.
  2. pertaining to or designating the arts, script, or culture of the Carolingian period, chiefly characterized by a revival of the forms of classical antiquity modified by ecclesiastical requirements: Carolingian renaissance.
  1. a member of the Carolingian dynasty. Abbreviation: Carol.

Origin of Carolingian

1880–85; re-formation of earlier Carlovingian (conformed to Medieval Latin Carolus Magnus Charlemagne) < French carlovingien, equivalent to Medieval Latin Car(o)l(us) + French -ovingien, extracted from mérovingien Merovingian
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  1. of or relating to the Frankish dynasty founded by Pepin the Short, son of Charles Martel, which ruled in France from 751–987 ad and in Germany until 911 ad
  1. a member of the dynasty of the Carolingian Franks
Also called: Carlovingian, Carolinian
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Word Origin and History for carolingian



1881, "belonging to the dynasty founded by Carl the Great" (French Charlemagne), from Latin Carolus "Charles;" also cf. Carlovingian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper