American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to the historical region and former province of Anjou, France.
- adj. Relating to the House of Anjou, especially as represented by the Plantagenet kings of England descended from Geoffrey, Count of Anjou (died 1151).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Anjou, a former western province of France: specifically applied to the royal family of England reigning from 1154 to 1485, the Plantagenets, descendants of Geoffrey V., Count of Anjou, and Matilda, daughter of Henry I. of England;
- to the period of English history from 1154 to the death of Richard II. in 1399, or, according to others, to the loss of Normandy, Anjou, Maine, etc., in 1204. The contending houses of York and Lancaster were both of the Angevin race.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a resident of Anjou.
- n. a resident of Anjou
- French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Andegavīnus, from Andegavia, Anjou, France. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As the income Edward II derived from his tenure of the duchy exceeded that of all the English shires combined,2 he not surprisingly exerted great effort to maintain his administrative and judicial presence in what remained to him of the so-called Angevin empire.”
“The family is also called Angevin, because Henry on his father's side descended from the counts of Anjou in France.”
“You've that fine-boned look through the face that some of the Angevin ladies have.”
“Madrid 4. This château was the seat of Henry II, Angevin King and King of England, and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine; it was here that Joan of Arc persuaded Charles VII to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France; in 1562, Henri IV turned it into a state prison.”
“Next year, Bernard and David Bachrach will have a session on Angevin military history.”
“As you would expect, I have to read a fair amount of history by way of research, so exciting books like England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings: 1075 – 1225 also crowd the bedside table.”
“Evenings I longed for the lisp of Poitiers, the sarcasm of the Angevin back country.”
“They remain; and no admixture of the Frisian pirates, or the Breton, or the Angevin and Norman conquerors, has very much affected their cunning eyes.”
“Yet out of all the details of rivalry between Guelf and Ghibelline, between French and German, between Angevin and Byzantine, there emerges an image as crystalline as a painting by Van Eyck.”
“Have you never drawn your own conclusions from that fact? never seen that if France had accepted the Angevin dynasty of the Plantagenets, the two peoples thus reunited would be ruling the world today, and the islands that now brew political storms for the continent would be French provinces? ...”
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