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medieval or mediaeval (ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl Pronunciation for )



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= old-fashioned, antique, primitive, obsolete, out-of-date, archaic, prehistoric, antiquated, anachronistic, antediluvian, unenlightened, out of the ark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

An Irishman's Diary Some cities keep their sense of medieval importance better than others.
Irish Times (2002)
Clouds of choking tear gas and black smoke from fires set by demonstrators wafted over Genoa's medieval old town as the violence raged.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
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
Its 100ft nave and transepts were broader than the country's largest medieval church - the cathedral of St Andrew's.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Repression not only smacked of the medieval -- it did not work.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
The controversy was sparked this week by Maurice Bacon, the organizer of a medieval festival in Gloucestershire.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The dedication is to St Nectan, whose medieval statue survives on the tower's east face.
Country Life (2004)
Thus most ranks of medieval society were represented, together with inescapable gradations of decay.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
Unlike the medieval mystics, the humanising Renaissance believed that oneness with God would not suffice for ever.
Peter Stanford HEAVEN: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (2002)


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