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medieval vs. Middle Ages
[ mee-dee-ee-vuhl, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuhl ]
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture.
- extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
- 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.