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[koh-ee-vuh l]
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  1. of the same age, date, or duration; equally old: Analysis has proved that this manuscript is coeval with that one.
  2. coincident: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were only approximately coeval.
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  1. a contemporary: He is more serious than his coevals.
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Origin of coeval

1595–1605; < Late Latin coaev(us) (co- co- + -aevus, adj. derivative of aevum age) + -al1
Related formsco·e·val·i·ty [koh-i-val-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ ɪˈvæl ɪ ti/, nounco·e·val·ly, adverb

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1, 2. See contemporary.
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Related Words for coeval

coincident, coetaneous

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Historical Examples of coeval

  • The Main Street is still youthful; the coeval man is in his latest age.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • That such things were coeval is not so astonishing as it may seem.

  • Such an eye was not born when the bird was, but is coeval with the sky it reflects.

  • They are, of course, coeval with the church, which is fine early Decorated.

  • The sedilia in the chancel seem to be coeval with that part of the church.

British Dictionary definitions for coeval


  1. of or belonging to the same age or generation
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  1. a contemporary
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Derived Formscoevality (ˌkəʊɪˈvælɪtɪ), nouncoevally, adverb

Word Origin for coeval

C17: from Late Latin coaevus from Latin co- + aevum age
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Word Origin and History for coeval


"having the same age," formed in English early 17c. from Late Latin coaevus, from Latin com- "equal" (see co-) + aevum "an age" (see eon). As a noun from c.1600.

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