me·​di·​e·​val·​ist | \ -ˈdēv-list How to pronounce medievalist (audio) , -ˈdē-və-, -dē-ˈēv-, -dē-ˈē-və-\

Definition of medievalist

1 : a specialist in medieval history and culture
2 : a connoisseur or devotee of medieval arts and culture

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What medievalist becomes a motorbike racer to finish a scholarly biography of an avant-garde poet? Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 After Gibb's declaration, medievalists came out of the woodwork to dispute his findings, saying the abbreviation theory did not add up to grammatically correct Latin and did not make sense. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Takes a Crack at Decoding the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript," 30 Jan. 2018 However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics. Erin Connelly, Smithsonian, "Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics," 19 Apr. 2017 Collins points out that medievalists studying copying errors in manuscripts have long used the same phylogenetic programs that evolutionary biologists use to study how DNA mutations appear over time. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Sampling DNA From a 1,000-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript," 8 Aug. 2017 In many ways, Christopher Tolkien’s editorial projects resemble the textual criticism practices of medievalists. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "J.R.R. Tolkien’s Love Story," 14 June 2017 For this restraint medievalists should be thankful, and the critics should be a little more forgiving. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "What King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Gets Right About the Middle Ages," 18 May 2017 To Tolkien the medievalist, Icelandic sagas and thousand-year-old poems like Beowulf were the finest literature ever written. Ethan Gilsdorf, WIRED, "On the 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit, an Appreciation," 21 Sep. 2012 In May 1979, while graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, Pace, a painter, and his best friend, Richard, a medievalist, travel to Central America. Walton Muyumba,, "Percival Everett's 'So Much Blue' takes on art and secrets — and he doesn’t have the broad audience his writing deserves," 9 June 2017

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1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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