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medieval

or me·di·ae·val

[ mee-dee-ee-vuhl, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuhl ]
/ ˌmi diˈi vəl, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi vəl /
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adjective
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture.Compare Middle Ages.
Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.

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Origin of medieval

1820–30; <New Latin medi(um) aev(um) the middle age + -al1. See medium, age

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British Dictionary definitions for medieval

medieval

mediaeval

/ (ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
informal old-fashioned; primitive

Derived forms of medieval

medievally or mediaevally, adverb

Word Origin for medieval

C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age
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Cultural definitions for medieval

medieval

A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.

notes for medieval

“Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs. It may suggest inhuman practices, such as torture of prisoners. (See Inquisition.)
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