or me·di·ae·val

[mee-dee-ee-vuh l, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh l]
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture.Compare Middle Ages.
  2. Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.

Origin of medieval

1820–30; < New Latin medi(um) aev(um) the middle age + -al1. See medium, age
Related formsme·di·e·val·ly, adverban·ti·me·di·e·val, adjectivean·ti·me·di·e·val·ly, adverbpost·me·di·e·val, adjectivepseu·do·me·di·e·val, adjectivepseu·do·me·di·e·val·ly, adverbqua·si-me·di·e·val, adjectiveun·me·di·e·val, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-medieval



  1. of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
  2. informal old-fashioned; primitive
Derived Formsmedievally or mediaevally, adverb

Word Origin for medieval

C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age
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Word Origin and History for pseudo-medieval



1827, "pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages," coined in English from Latin medium "the middle" (see medium (n.)) + aevum "age" (see eon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pseudo-medieval in Culture


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“Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs.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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