- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Examples from the Web for carolingian
He adds that it occurs frequently in the legends of the Carolingian period.
Every vestige of Carolingian sculpture and architecture in Belgium has been destroyed.
Both owed their initial power to their alliance with the Carolingian dynasty.
The task of Carolingian scholars was to learn what had been brought to them.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
Carolingian scholarship was directed to the mastery of Latin.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
- 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
- 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.
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