[mee-dee-ee-vuhl, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuhl]
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture. Compare Middle Ages.
Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
Also, mediaeval.

1820–30; < Neo-Latin medi(um) aev(um) the middle age + -al1. See medium, age

medievally, adverb
antimedieval, adjective
antimedievally, adverb
postmedieval, adjective
pseudomedieval, adjective
pseudomedievally, adverb
quasi-medieval, adjective
unmedieval, adjective Unabridged
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medieval or mediaeval (ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl)
1.  of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
2.  informal old-fashioned; primitive
[C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age]
mediaeval or mediaeval
[C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age]
medi'evally or mediaeval
medi'aevally or mediaeval

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Word Origin & History

1827, "pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages," coined in Eng. from L. medi(um) "middle" + æv(um) "age."
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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Note: “Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs.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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