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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.
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From the humble origins of imitating the Last Supper grew the sumptuous liturgies of Syria, Alexandria, Constantinople, Gaul, and Spain, until it finally blossomed in the Carolingian period under the direction of Amalarius of Metz.
Challenging received ideas about the incompetence of Frankish responses to Byzantine image theory, the book skillfully explores Carolingian discourses about images in relation to Byzantine and papal positions in the eighth and ninth centuries.
The ninth century, a time of cultural renewal in the Carolingian, Byzantine and Abbasid empires, possesses the remarkable characteristic which ensures commensurability that the same texts, namely the writings of Aristotelian logic (mainly Porphyry s Isagoge and Aristotle s Categories) were read and commented upon in Latin, Greek, Syriac and Arabic alike.
Peattie's "Beneventan Music and Gregorian Modality," in which the author articulates the entanglement arising from die confrontation of two disparate traditions, the Beneventan and the Gregorian, where the latter was supposed to supplant the former through Carolingian reform.
As a result I can trace my descent to Charlemagne and the Carolingian kings, not to forget two saints, Ferdinando el Santo, king of Castile and St Arnulf of Metz
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Unesco has so far added 13 new sites to the World Heritage List, including Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, the Erbil Citadel in Iraq, the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey in Germany, Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines -- Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem in Battir and Van Nellefabriek in the Netherlands.
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