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medieval or mediaeval (ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl )



  1. of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
  2. (informal) old-fashioned; primitive

Derived Forms

ˌmediˈevally, ˌmediˈaevally  adverb

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age


View thesaurus entry
= old-fashioned, antique, primitive, obsolete, out-of-date, archaic, prehistoric, antiquated, anachronistic, antediluvian, unenlightened, out of the ark

Example Sentences Including 'medieval'

Thus most ranks of medieval society were represented, together with inescapable gradations of decay.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
Her body is naked and pure white, arms crossed over her breast like a figure on a medieval tomb.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
Repression not only smacked of the medieval -- it did not work.
Kippax, Frank The Scar


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