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 (kăr′ə-lĭn′jən, -jē-ən) also Car·lo·vin·gian (kär′lə-vĭn′jən, -jē-ən)
1. Of or relating to the Frankish dynasty that was founded by Pepin the Short in 751 and that lasted until 987 in France and 911 in Germany.
2. Of or relating to the Carolingian Renaissance.
A member of the Carolingian dynasty.

[French Carolingien, alteration of Carlovingien, blend of Medieval Latin Carolus, Charles, and French Mérovingien, Merovingian.]


(Historical Terms) 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
(Historical Terms) a member of the dynasty of the Carolingian Franks
Also called: Carlovingian or Carolinian


(ˌkær əˈlɪn dʒi ən)

also Carlovingian

1. of or pertaining to the Frankish dynasty that ruled, first under Pepin the Short, in France a.d. 751–987 and in Germany until a.d. 911.
2. of or pertaining to the arts, script, or culture of the Carolingian period.
3. a member of the Carolingian dynasty.
[1880–85; < French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Carolingian - a member of the Carolingian dynastyCarolingian - a member of the Carolingian dynasty
Carlovingian dynasty, Carolingian dynasty - a Frankish dynasty founded by Charlemagne's father that ruled from 751 to 987
crowned head, monarch, sovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
Adj.1.Carolingian - of or relating to the Frankish dynasty founded by Charlemagne's father


[kærəˈlɪnʒɪən] ADJcarolingio
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The Eloi, like the Carolingian kings, had decayed to a mere beautiful futility.
I am unsure -- and often ask students -- whether Carolingian society suffered a state in its midst, altogether convinced that it reformulated and projected a public order that long survived it.
Three others focus on shrines and the lively trade in relics in Carolingian Francia.
While this is full of implications for our understanding of literacy in the early Middle Ages, Hochstetler confines himself to noting how these early written rules influenced the formation of the Carolingian reforming ideals, especially as far as the monastic economic base and organization are concerned.
Benedictine abbot, theologian, and poet whose Latin writings constitute the principal exemplar of German Carolingian culture (ADc.
It is also intriguing that the expansion story the author tells has as its core the colonization of the lands east of the Elbe, exactly the regions that belonged to the Soviet bloc when the Common Market was founded with its capital, Brussels, in the Carolingian heartlands and its Charlemagne Prize for political achievements.
Many of the books were his own translations from the French, including a great many of the Carolingian and Arthurian romances.
When Lapidge announced the discovery of a major Carolingian poem in 1987 and attributed it to Hilduin, the learned and powerful abbot of Saint-Denis in Paris (814-840), he anticipated that it would soon be published.
Hence the true protagonists of this remarkable story are not the kings themselves but men like the prolific Carolingian poet, scholar, and letter writer Alcuin of York or the anonymous Irish author(s) of the seventh-century treatise "On the Twelve Abuses of the World" (De duodecim abusivis saeculi).
Contributors (whose affiliations are not given) discuss the often colorful acts accompanying written law codes, from the Carolingian Charters of St.
Some have even gone so far as to identify this moment as a tragic step towards the eventual political dissolution of the Carolingian empire.
The contributors, mostly from American universities, explore the period they describe as the 'Central Middle Ages', meaning the period from the final collapse of the Carolingian Empire to the Fourth Lateran Council (1215).