[mee-dee-ee-vuh l, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh l]
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture.Compare Middle Ages.
- Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
Origin of medieval
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- of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
- informal old-fashioned; primitive
C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age
Word Origin and History for medievally
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.
“Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs.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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