of or pertaining to the Frankish dynasty that reigned in France a.d. 751–987, first under Charlemagne, and in Germany until a.d. 911.
pertaining to or designating the arts, script, or culture of the Carolingian period, chiefly characterized by a revival of the forms of classical antiquity modified by ecclesiastical requirements: Carolingian renaissance.
a member of the Carolingian dynasty. Abbreviation: Carol.
Origin: 1880–85; re-formation of earlier Carlovingian (conformed to Medieval LatinCarolus Magnus Charlemagne) < Frenchcarlovingien, equivalent to Medieval LatinCar(o)l(us) + French-ovingien, extracted from mérovingienMerovingian