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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Carolingian Renaissance.
  • n. A member of the Carolingian dynasty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the reign of Charlemagne
  • adj. A style of script: Carolingian minuscule
  • n. Any member of a Frankish noble family with its origins in the Arnulfing and Pippinid clans of the seventh century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Frankish royal and imperial family or dynasty which succeeded the Merovingians: so called from Charles Martel, duke of the Franks and mayor of the palace.
  • n. A member or one of the sovereigns of the Carolingian family or dynasty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the Frankish dynasty founded by Charlemagne's father
  • n. a member of the Carolingian dynasty

Etymologies

French Carolingien, alteration of Carlovingien, blend of Medieval Latin Carolus, Charles, and French Mérovingien, Merovingian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An eponym from Charles the Great, king of the Franks. From Frankish Carol + -ing noun ending + -ian adjective ending (Wiktionary)

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