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Middle Ages

plural noun

  1. the time in European history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance (from about 500 a.d. to about 1350): sometimes restricted to the later part of this period (after 1100) and sometimes extended to 1450 or 1500.

Middle Ages


  1. (broadly) the period from the end of classical antiquity (or the deposition of the last W Roman emperor in 476 ad ) to the Italian Renaissance (or the fall of Constantinople in 1453)
  2. (narrowly) the period from about 1000 ad to the 15th century Compare Dark Ages

Middle Ages

  1. The period of European history between ancient and modern times. The Middle Ages began with the Fall of Rome in the fifth century and ended with the Renaissance . The Middle Ages are associated with many beliefs and practices that now seem out of date, such as chivalry , feudalism , the Inquisition , the belief that the sun revolves around the Earth , and a host of popular superstitions. The early Middle Ages are even sometimes called the Dark Ages . The Middle Ages, however, especially in later years, also saw many notable human achievements. Among these were the building of modern nations, such as England and France ; increasingly sophisticated and expanded trade; a great advancement of technique in philosophy and theology ; some remarkable works of literature ( see , ); and the building of magnificent churches ( see Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris ).

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Middle Ages1

1715–25; plural of Middle Age, translation of New Latin Medium Aevum

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Example Sentences

While the Enlightenment looks more familiar to modern eyes than the more distant Middle Ages, intellectual and cultural development is not a straight line.

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Raw eel seemed to be popular during and after the Middle Ages.

Instead, it would return European civilization back to a period of darkness not witnessed since the Middle Ages.

Conceptually, the “Angel of Death” was a cultural mainstay in continental Europe and the British Isles by the late Middle Ages.

In Lombardy, duelists were limited in the early Middle Ages to just shield and club.

However, argues Hall, the point in history when self-portraiture really took off was during the Middle Ages.

The collectivist state advocated by the socialist of to-day has scarcely anything in common with the communism of the middle ages.

What had turned the Italian republics of the middle ages into lordships and duchies?

Appended to this little volume is a list of remarkable dates and events, as also of battles and treaties during the Middle Ages.

The first we hear of chimneys, for the escape of the smoke from a fire or furnace, is in the middle ages.

In short, he had all those qualities which we admire in the chivalric heroes of the Middle Ages.


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