Meaning of Angevin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈan(d)ʒɪvɪn/


  • 1A native, inhabitant, or ruler of Anjou.

    • ‘The Angevins recruited important artists to renew the capital of the kingdom.’
    1. 1.1Any of the Plantagenet kings of England, especially those who were also counts of Anjou (Henry II, Richard I, and John).
      ‘Before the loss of Normandy and most of the other Angevin lands in France by King John, the Angevins understandably devoted their attention to their primary French estates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Early in 1141 the Angevins captured Stephen in a battle at Lincoln.’
      • ‘In the Angevin - Capetian struggle this was to be the decisive turning-point.’
      • ‘They were determined to make Outremer part of the Angevin's holdings and to make the powers there subservient.’
      • ‘In one way, the arrival of the Angevins was a benefit to Outremer, for Baibars knew the Christians would not threaten him.’
      • ‘He also tended to reside more often at Naples than at Palermo; it was the Angevins who were responsible for turning Naples into the capital of the Regno, instead of Palermo.’
      • ‘His brother John showed the other face of the Angevins in the speed with which he extended his power in Ireland.’
      • ‘Hence the Kings of Jerusalem were close cousins to the Angevins in Europe.’
      • ‘Massive ruptures in succession over the centuries - the Normans in 1066, the Angevins a century later, William III in the late 1600s, and so on - and the periodic re-invention of the monarchy itself underlies any such notion of continuity.’


  • 1Relating to Anjou.

    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting the Plantagenets.
      ‘the Angevin kings’
      • ‘Under the Norman and Angevin kings the pleas of the crown were noted by the sheriff and any fines due to the king from these offences were collected by him.’
      • ‘It should be remembered, however, that before the 13th century, the Norman and then Angevin kings paid little attention personally to extending their authority into Wales or Ireland.’
      • ‘After all, when it came to minting coins the Angevins introduced Angevin practice into both England and Normandy.’
      • ‘Louis gave the Angevin title to his brother Charles who, as King of Naples and the Two Sicilies, established the second Angevin dynasty.’
      • ‘Although the Angevin monarchs no longer had most of their Angevin lands, their grand dynastic visions had not diminished.’
      • ‘Philip, however, lived to face four Angevin opponents on the English throne and the longevity of his own reign brought security and stability to his country.’
      • ‘JOHN - This sly Angevin monarch appears more often cinematically as a Prince than as the King he became when he succeeded to his brother Richard's throne.’
      • ‘The Angevin conquest of Normandy, the English Church's refusal to crown Stephen's son Eustace, and the advance to adulthood of the future Henry II made the latter an increasingly attractive prospect.’
      • ‘By 1120, however, the barons had submitted, Henry's son had married into the Angevin house and Louis VI had agreed terms for peace after defeat in battle.’
      • ‘So, all the major streams of the Grail tradition seem to flow from Angevin sources closely connected to Henry and Eleanor.’
      • ‘The ensuing squabble quickly turned to full-scale revolt, and as supreme overlord of both John and Hugh, Philip Augustus was provided with an easy opportunity to intervene directly in Angevin affairs.’
      • ‘He took Angevin power to its zenith and made himself overlord of Ireland with a campaign in 1171, gaining the loyalty of important Irish rulers and establishing Normans as his lieges in Leinster.’
      • ‘He was blessed, or perhaps cursed, with the extensive Angevin heritage, an heritage that made him more powerful than the king of France.’
      • ‘William Marshal was a powerful, respected, wise and loyal knight and baron who had already served two Angevin kings.’
      • ‘John immediately rode for Chinon, where the Angevin treasury was kept, while Constance sent a Breton army to take control of Angers, in Anjou, where a meeting of barons from Anjou and Maine duly declared for Arthur.’
      • ‘Pilgrimage, in his view, was an integral part of Angevin kingship, not an experience in which rulers distanced themselves from it.’
      • ‘Originally dedicated to Corpus Domini, the unusual design of the choir of the nuns in clausura, allowing visibility of the host during mass, is emphasised here, together with the Angevin dynasty's strong links with Franciscan piety.’
      • ‘Its site at the seat of government against a backdrop of symbolic lilies, the emblems of Florence's alliance with the Angevin dynasty, argues that the theme was interpreted in political terms.’
      • ‘Thus, through dynastic accident and shrewd marriage, within five years Henry had gained control of unprecedented resources, often referred to as the Angevin Empire.’
      • ‘This was a rebellion in Sicily against Angevin power there.’


From French, from medieval Latin Andegavinus, from Andegavum ‘Angers’ (see Angers).