[ koh-ee-vuh l ]
/ koʊˈi vəl /


of the same age, date, or duration; equally old: Analysis has proved that this manuscript is coeval with that one.
coincident: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were only approximately coeval.


a contemporary: He is more serious than his coevals.

Origin of coeval

1595–1605; < Late Latin coaev(us) (co- co- + -aevus, adj. derivative of aevum age) + -al1

Related forms

co·e·val·i·ty [koh-i-val-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ ɪˈvæl ɪ ti/, nounco·e·val·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1, 2. See contemporary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coeval


/ (kəʊˈiːvəl) /


of or belonging to the same age or generation


a contemporary

Derived Forms

coevality (ˌkəʊɪˈvælɪtɪ), nouncoevally, adverb

Word Origin for coeval

C17: from Late Latin coaevus from Latin co- + aevum age
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