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


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

From New Latin medium aevum, the middle age : Latin, neuter of medius, middle; + Latin aevum, age.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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