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medieval

adjective me·di·e·val \ ˌmē-ˈdē-vəl , mi- , ˌme- , -dē-ˈē-vəl \
variants: or less commonly mediaeval

Definition of medieval

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of the Middle Ages
  • medieval history
  • medieval architecture
2 :having a quality (such as cruelty) associated with the Middle Ages
3 :extremely outmoded or antiquated
  • has medieval ideas about the role of women in our society

medievally

adverb

Examples of medieval in a Sentence

  1. They're using a computer system that seems positively medieval by today's standards.

  2. get rid of that medieval kerosene stove—it stinks and it's dangerous

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Did You Know?

With its roots medi-, meaning "middle", and ev-, meaning "age", medieval literally means "of the Middle Ages". In this case, middle means "between the Roman empire and the Renaissance"—that is, after the fall of the great Roman state and before the "rebirth" of culture that we call the Renaissance. This same period used to be called the "Dark Ages", since it was believed that in these years civilization all but vanished. And indeed, for most Europeans in these centuries, it was a time of poverty, famine, plague, and superstition, rather than the age of magic, dazzling swordplay, towering castles, and knights in splendid armor displayed in today's graphic novels and video games.

Origin and Etymology of medieval

New Latin medium aevum Middle Ages


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medieval

noun
variants: or less commonly mediaeval

Definition of medieval

:a person of the Middle Ages

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Origin and Etymology of medieval


MEDIEVAL Defined for English Language Learners

medieval

adjective

Definition of medieval for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the Middle Ages : of or relating to the period of European history from about A.D. 500 to about 1500

  • : very old : too old to be useful or acceptable


MEDIEVAL Defined for Kids

medieval

adjective me·di·eval
variants: also mediaeval \ˌmē-dē-ˈē-vəl, ˌme-\

Definition of medieval for Students

:of or relating to the Middle Ages
  • medieval castles
  • medieval French


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