Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating or belonging to the Middle Ages.
  • adj. Informal Old-fashioned; unenlightened: parents with a medieval attitude toward dating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to the Middle Ages, perhaps circa 500 to circa 1500 CE.
  • adj. having characteristics associated with the Middle Ages.
  • adj. archaic.
  • adj. brutal.
  • n. Someone living in the Middle Ages.
  • n. A medieval one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as mediæval, mediævalism, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of the middle ages: as, medieval art or architecture; the medieval spirit; a medieval habit of thought. See middle ages, under age.
  • n. One belonging to the middle ages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened
  • adj. characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages
  • adj. relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages

Etymologies

From New Latin medium aevum, the middle age : Latin, neuter of medius, middle; + Latin aevum, age.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, medium ("middle") aevum ("age") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A gritty sword-and-sorcery novel set in medieval Spain, but unlike those inspired by Lord of the Rings, the plot involves not a quest but warfare, which is much more typical of Spanish history.

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  • I know that in medieval times the salt was very, very expensive and it was only for rich people.

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  • Professor Henry Harpending (Chair of Anthropology at Univ of Utah) has claimed that the hundreds of years of being restricted to the moneylending profession in medieval Europe led to a selection for higher IQ in European Jews.

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  • It likewise furthered the career of Mary Shelley as "The Author of Frankenstein," the rubric under which she continued her anonymous publication with a second novel immersed in medieval Italian history, Valperga: or, The Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca (1823).

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  • Fulfill all of your Renaissance fair fantasies with a visit to a park that has been transformed into a medieval market town with "performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume."

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  • White's descriptions of daily life in medieval England are ravishingly vivid: Like a restorer of antiques, he strips away the grime and smoke from the past until it's bright and clear as the present.

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  • RAZ: And I can imagine you went to your publisher, and you said, I've got a story to write about the building of a cathedral in medieval England.

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  • The introductory study gives an account of the overall objectives, antecedent history, methodology and plans of the whole series which is followed by chapters explaining the wider context of the source material regarding the Use of Esztergom, as well as the historical background, significance and method of liturgical book printing in medieval Hungary.

    First Two Volumes of "Monumenta Ritualia Hungarica" Released

  • With some input from Belgian, Hungarian, Brazilian and French animators, Tomm Moore's Irish cartoon is an attractively fanciful account of how Brendan, a young monk in medieval Ireland, disobeys his uncle the Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson).

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  • In fact, in medieval times he would be doing the boy a favor, since that demon could well get him burned at the stake if it stuck around.

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