Car·​o·​lin·​gi·​an ˌker-ə-ˈlin-j(ē-)ən How to pronounce Carolingian (audio)
: of or relating to a Frankish dynasty dating from about a.d. 613 and including among its members the rulers of France from 751 to 987, of Germany from 752 to 911, and of Italy from 774 to 961
Carolingian noun

Examples of Carolingian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Carolingian Renaissance of the late 8th and early 9th centuries. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2012

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Word History


French carolingien, from Medieval Latin Karolingi Carolingians, from Karolus Charlemagne + -ingi (as in Merovingi Merovingians)

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Carolingian was in 1881

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“Carolingian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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