Definition of Plantagenet in US English:



  • Relating to the English royal dynasty which held the throne from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of Richard III in 1485.

    • ‘A moated palace was built at Eltham which became a favourite home of Plantagenet monarchs during the 14th and 15th centuries.’
    • ‘France had regained Calais, England's only foothold on the continent and its last symbol of Plantagenet glory.’
    • ‘Like most members of the Plantagenet royal house, the Duke had a tightly-reined temper that flew off the handle from time to time.’
    • ‘The second was Henry VII's England, which ended the Plantagenet councils.’
    • ‘Originally part of the great council or the king's council of the Norman and Plantagenet monarchs, the Lords became separated from the Commons in the reign of Edward III.’
    • ‘Her possible Plantagenet descent partly explains her son's baronial aspirations and his love of his personal heraldry.’
    • ‘The couple are known as Lord and Lady Morgan Glendwr within the Plantagenet re-enactment group.’
    • ‘After complicated manoeuvring on both sides, in 1202 King Philip announced that John had forfeited the Plantagenet fiefs in France.’
    • ‘He was married to a Plantagenet princess, Matilda, the daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.’
    • ‘It should not be concluded from this that Norman and Plantagenet kings were reluctant to see the orbit of their influence enlarged.’
    • ‘Significantly, and for the first time, the grant of Ireland to Edward: ‘provided that the land of Ireland shall never be separated from the crown of England’, and so left it forever a part of the Plantagenet estate.’
    • ‘He is an admirable exception to this omission, looking at women and power in his stimulating chapter on the Plantagenet kings.’
    • ‘Once England had been one of the provinces in the Angevin orbit; now it became the indisputable centre of the Plantagenet dominions.’
    • ‘He pressed his father's friend the Lord Chancellor and, later, the Prince Regent for a barony, in respect of a spurious Plantagenet descent.’
    • ‘Unlike his tall and golden haired Plantagenet siblings, Richard was dark and short of stature, grandson of Edmund of York who had taken as a wife Princess Isabella of Castile whose descent was traced back to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘It has recently been argued that as a young man Henry VIII saw himself as a new Henry V, destined to regain the Plantagenet domains and even the French crown.’
    • ‘It was being built as a great economy from the rubble that it had been, under the previous Plantagenet rule.’
    • ‘Both these peers - the first of royal Plantagenet lineage, the second very much a new man, a Russell of the second generation - were decided Protestants, in favour of the new deal.’
    • ‘He was especially interested in the idea of ‘faction and dispute’ in the religious forum, writing on characters such as John Wesley and the Plantagenet family, and harboured a special interest in the reformation.’
    • ‘With fantastically perfumed, striped red and white flowers, she is named for Fair Rosamund, mistress of a Plantagenet king.’


  • A member of the Plantagenet dynasty.

    • ‘It seems likely that the Plantagenets brought the sweet to England.’
    • ‘With all the stubbornness of the Plantagenets, Richard refused to yield.’
    • ‘The most important secular story for the Angevins and Plantagenets and their successors has long been acknowledged to be the eponymous foundation of Britain by Brutus.’
    • ‘The first half of the play did not unravel or rise above the complexities of the plotting and infighting of the Plantagenets.’
    • ‘The Mafiosi are merely the Plantagenets of our day: removed, exalted, unbound by law.’
    • ‘Married four times he was convinced that his son, a manager of a Philadelphia restaurant, was the last of the Plantagenets and the rightful King of England.’
    • ‘With flamboyance, energy and not a little twisted humour, the last of the Plantagenets states his case.’
    • ‘He was ruthless when crossed and some of his contemporaries uneasily credited the story that his family, the Plantagenets, were descended from the Devil - a tale that the Plantagenets themselves delighted to encourage.’
    • ‘Thus began the rivalry between the Capetians and the Plantagenets as well as the birth of the Gothic style in France.’
    • ‘The House of Lords is now an appointed chamber, as it was under the Plantagenets.’
    • ‘The series depicted the reigns and relationships of the first three Plantagenets, and the tie-in book was written by an eminent historian.’
    • ‘There was a history of friendship between the Plantagenets and Dermot, which meant that Dermot was so confident of Henry's goodwill that he travelled all the way to Aquitaine to see him.’
    • ‘After John's death, William, more than any other perhaps, saved England for the Plantagenets following French invasion.’
    • ‘Another faction, somewhat overlapping the first, were tired of what they viewed as the excesses of the Plantagenets and wanted a return of their ‘liberties.’’
    • ‘From the accession of Henry II in England through Richard III, Europe was besieged by an alliance between Venice and the evil Plantagenets, especially the House of Anjou.’
    • ‘While the Plantagenets fought in France, the French used the Scots alliance to check them.’
    • ‘Philip spent the first years of his reign battling the Plantagenets.’
    • ‘John (a Plantagenet, brother to Richard the Lionheart) reigned over a highly sophisticated (for the time) and rapidly expanding English empire.’
    • ‘The story of the cutting of the elm could be allegorical, denoting the split between the Plantagenets and King Philip III.’
    • ‘The Plantagenets wanted him christened Henry after his grandfather, but Constance named him Arthur for the legendary King Arthur, a name to conjure with among the Bretons.’


From Latin planta genista ‘sprig of broom’, said to be worn as a crest by and given as a nickname to Geoffrey, count of Anjou, the father of Henry II.