[ mee-dee-ee-vuh l, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh l ]
/ ˌmi diˈi vəl, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi vəl /
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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OTHER WORDS FROM medieval
me·di·e·val·ly, adverban·ti·me·di·e·val, adjectivean·ti·me·di·e·val·ly, adverbpost·me·di·e·val, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for medievally
/ (ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl) /
of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
informal old-fashioned; primitive
Derived forms of medievalmedievally 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 medievally
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“Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs.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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