me·​di·​e·​val·​ist ˌmē-ˈdē-və-list How to pronounce medievalist (audio)
: a specialist in medieval history and culture
: a connoisseur or devotee of medieval arts and culture

Examples of medievalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Archaeologists can punch Nazis … metaphorically In the third movie, The Last Crusade, Indy searches for his kidnapped father, an eccentric medievalist played by Sean Connery. Petar Parvanov, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2023 The footage was only two minutes long, yet that was enough to conjure months of debate over sacred relics, goddesses and swords that could easily be confused for the arcane squabbles of medievalists studying Arthurian legend. Zachary Small, New York Times, 4 May 2023 Morris, the British medievalist, agrees. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 But in October of last year Sebastian Sobecki, a Chaucer scholar at the University of Toronto, and Euan Roger, a medievalist at the British National Archives, published a piece in The Chaucer Review, announcing a breakthrough. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 6 Feb. 2023 Some might protect people from thunderstorms or ward off the evil eye, according to archival texts that Marisa Galvez, a medievalist at Stanford University, has combed through. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 23 Sep. 2020 Tolmie — both a medievalist and professed horse person — brings a scholarly precision to her fantasy that makes magic mundane and the mundane utterly sublime. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 After his medievalist father goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones must retrace his footsteps in order to rescue him and stop the Nazis from getting their hands on it first. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2022 In Thomas Usk’s Testament of Love, the medievalist Gary W. Shawver recounts how the scribe exposed the plot of an authoritarian mayoral candidate to seize permanent power in London. Aron Ravin, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of medievalist was in 1855

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“Medievalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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