[mee-dee-ee-vuh-list, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh-]


an expert in medieval history, literature, philosophy, etc.
a person who is greatly attracted to the art, culture, spirit, etc., of the Middle Ages.

Origin of medievalist

First recorded in 1850–55; medieval + -ist
Related formsan·ti·me·di·e·val·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Associated words: medieval, medievalism, medievalist, medievals.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • Yet I will venture to make even of these trivial fragments the high boast that I am a medievalist and not a modern.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for medievalist




a student or devotee of the Middle Ages
Derived Formsmedievalistic or mediaevalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for medievalist

1847, "proponent of medieval styles," from medieval + -ist. From 1882 as "one versed in the history of the Middle Ages."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper