Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating or belonging to the Middle Ages.
  • adjective Of or relating to a historical period roughly coinciding with the European Middle Ages and characterized by feudal or aristocratic social structures, as in Japan or China.
  • adjective Suggestive of the Middle Ages, as in being hierarchical or cruel.
  • adjective Informal Old-fashioned; unenlightened.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun One belonging to the middle ages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Same as mediæval, mediævalism, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin medium aevum, the middle age : Latin, neuter of medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots + Latin aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin, medium ("middle") aevum ("age")

Examples

  • 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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  • 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.

    Arthur Comes Alive In 'The Once And Future King'

  • 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.

    Arthur Comes Alive In 'The Once And Future King'

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    Arthur Comes Alive In 'The Once And Future King'

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