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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Definitions for coeval

  1. of the same age, date, or duration; equally old: Analysis has proved that this manuscript is coeval with that one.
  2. coincident: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were only approximately coeval.
  3. a contemporary: He is more serious than his coevals.

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Citations for coeval
An old woman, who seemed coeval with the building ... received us at the gate ... Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
... the Serpent mentioned that very jest, and called it the First Chestnut, and said it was coeval with the creation. Mark Twain, The Private Life of Adam and Eve, 1906
Origin of coeval
The English adjective coeval comes from the Late Latin coaevus “of the same age.” The common Latin prefix co- is a variant of the prefix con-, from the preposition cum “with.” The noun aevum “age, the past, history” comes from the Proto-Indo-European root aiw-, ayu- “life force, long life, vitality,” from which Gothic derives awis “time, eternity,” German ewig “eternal, everlasting,” Old English ā “ever, always,” and Old Norse ei “ever,” the source of English ay (also aye). Coeval entered English in the 17th century.
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