Definition of Capetian in US English:



  • Relating to or denoting the dynasty ruling France 987–1328.

    • ‘Thus the Capetian dynasty had its rise in the person of Hugh Capet.’
    • ‘In 1328, the Capetian dynasty in France came to an end with the death of Charles IV, the son of Philip the Fair.’
    • ‘In 1224, during one such domestic quarrel, their old Capetian enemy, now King Louis VIII, walked into Poitou, captured La Rochelle, and threatened Gascony.’
    • ‘His claim was not totally without justification since through his mother he was more closely related to the last ruler of the Capetian dynasty than was the French King Philip VI.’
    • ‘In France, the Capetian kings generally held on to such lands, adding them to the royal demesne.’
    • ‘With the foundation of the Capetian dynasty at the end of the 10th century it begins to be possible to speak of a French kingdom, though not necessarily of a French art.’
    • ‘When the last of the Capetian kings, Charles IV died in 1328, the nearest male relative was his nephew Edward III of England, whose mother was Charles's sister.’
    • ‘On learning that their rivals the Capetian kings of France claimed divine healing powers, the kings of England, from Henry I onwards, followed suit.’
    • ‘He visits an exhibition of Romanic art under the Capetian dynasty in the Louvre museum in Paris, finding it spellbinding, if a touch too soberly presented.’
    • ‘The Capetian kings of France, who reigned from 987 to 1498, were particularly fond of the wines of Paris, but some of what they drank must have been from Champagne, since no distinction was made.’
    • ‘The early Capetian kings were presented as Roman Caesars, imperial lawmakers dressed in togas (the reality would have been sweatier, and less well dressed).’
    • ‘The Capetian dynasty held power over an ever-larger France until 1328.’
    • ‘The new Capetian dynasty in France which replaced the Carolingian family in 987 ruled over a disparate set of semi-autonomous territorial principalities.’
    • ‘Not named, however, is anyone from the lands of Henry II's rival, the Capetian king of France.’
    • ‘Henri IV was a direct descendant of the Capetian kings, married a Valois princess of the blood, and founded the Bourbon dynasty.’
    • ‘He was more ambitious and energetic than was his father, and he was the first king of the Capetian line to have success in compelling obedience from his barons.’
    • ‘According to Robert Fawtier Louis VII's reign ‘saw no Capetian territorial expansion at Angevin expense.’’
    • ‘He was canonized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1297, his sanctity conferring immense prestige on the Capetian dynasty.’
    • ‘On 1 April 1204, Eleanor of Aquitaine died, and all the lords of her domain rushed to pay homage to the Capetian court of Philip.’
    • ‘French indeed unified the aristocracies from the Capetian realm of France to southern Scotland.’


  • A member of the Capetian dynasty.

    • ‘The city first emerged as a significant artistic centre under the early Capetians in the 11th century.’
    • ‘Thus began the rivalry between the Capetians and the Plantagenets as well as the birth of the Gothic style in France.’
    • ‘In fact, negotiations between the Scots and the Capetians can be traced at least as early as the 1160s.’
    • ‘No matter how meager its power, from the 10th century until the 14th century, one family ruled as king: the Capetians.’