Definition of Caroline in English:



  • 1Relating to the reigns of Charles I and II of England.

    ‘a Caroline poet’
    • ‘The early Jacobean masque's mediation of royal power via a dialectic of revelation and mystery was superseded by a Caroline emphasis on marital love and pastoral retreat.’
    • ‘In its range and quality this œuvre, together with many commissions depicting the Caroline aristocracy, was without precedent in England.’
    • ‘Recently, I discovered that it is the only Carolean house in the area, dating from the time of Charles II.’
    • ‘Van Dyck's success lay in his ability to portray the poetic ideals that sustained the Caroline court.’
  • 2

    ‘Caroline minuscule’
    another term for Carolingian
    • ‘The Caroline minuscule, however, had a relatively weak impact on the writing habits of Italian notaries, who remained faithful to the cursive style.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin Carolus ‘Charles’.