|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|the period of life between youth and old age, usually (in man) considered to occur approximately between the ages of 40 and 60|
|1.||(broadly) the period from the end of classical antiquity (or the deposition of the last W Roman emperor in 476 |
|2.||Compare Dark Ages (narrowly) the period from about 1000 |
middle age mid·dle age (mĭd'l)
The time of human life between youth and old age, usually reckoned as the years between 40 and 60. Also called midlife.
The period of European history between ancient and modern times. The Middle Ages began with the Fall of Rome in the fifth century and ended with the Renaissance. The Middle Ages are associated with many beliefs and practices that now seem out of date, such as chivalry, feudalism, the Inquisition, the belief that the sun revolves around the Earth, and a host of popular superstitions. The early Middle Ages are even sometimes called the Dark Ages. The Middle Ages, however, especially in later years, also saw many notable human achievements. Among these were the building of modern nations, such as England and France; increasingly sophisticated and expanded trade; a great advancement of technique in philosophy and theology; some remarkable works of literature (see The Canterbury Tales, The Divine Comedy); and the building of magnificent churches (see Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris).