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medieval

[mee-dee-ee-vuh l, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh l] /ˌmi diˈi vəl, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi vəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages:
medieval architecture.
Compare Middle Ages.
2.
Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
Also, mediaeval.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin medi(um) aev(um) the middle age + -al1. See medium, age
Related forms
medievally, adverb
antimedieval, adjective
antimedievally, adverb
postmedieval, adjective
pseudomedieval, adjective
pseudomedievally, adverb
quasi-medieval, adjective
unmedieval, adjective
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  • Was the climate really hotter during medieval times?
  • We rented a medieval tower and toasted on top of it over Bologna at night.
  • Writers— ancient, medieval and modern— have never been able to arrive at a common answer to these questions.
  • Studying medieval literature seemed like a perfectly natural undertaking.
  • The medieval cathedral loomed above the city, almost sinister in its bulk.
  • She began to work as a historian, and she published a history of medieval Baku.
  • And the sea's silty, cold waters made visibility almost nonexistent for the intrepid few who wanted to explore the medieval ruins.
  • It would be a quick and easy test to trip up such a medieval contraption.
  • On his belt there are huge keys, of the size and shape that might open some medieval castle.
  • Quake, in that stifling summer, resembled a spooky medieval theme park still under construction.
British Dictionary definitions for medieval

medieval

/ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
2.
(informal) old-fashioned; primitive
Derived Forms
medievally, mediaevally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age
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Word Origin and History for medieval
adj.

1827, "pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages," coined in English from Latin medium "the middle" (see medium (n.)) + aevum "age" (see eon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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medieval in Culture

medieval definition


A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.

Note: “Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs. It may suggest inhuman practices, such as torture of prisoners. (See Inquisition.)
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