Definition of coeval in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəʊˈiːv(ə)l/


Having the same age or date of origin; contemporary: these lavas were coeval with the volcanic activity
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  • Armour for the lower legs was roughly coeval with that for the torso.
  • That voice beckons you in with glimpses of a world where pleasure and pain are coeval and complementary, where love and loss walk hand in hand.
  • Stratigraphically, the former precedes the latter, but chronologically they are supposed to be partly coeval!


A person of roughly the same age as oneself; a contemporary: like so many of his coevals, he yearned for stability
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  • The orchestra, founded in 1912, and Symphony 3 (1913-15, premiered 1917) are roughly coevals.
  • He highlights recent compositions more than most of his 60's coevals, but these, too, are delivered as highly stylized, singsongy chants.
  • We need to thank our stars that we are coevals of such starry-eyed idealists who are prepared to stake their lives on something that is not their immediate concern.



Pronunciation: /kəʊiːˈvalɪti/
Example sentences
  • What is missing from his notion of coevality is a hypothetical scene of common origin.
  • We show that the characteristic function condition is equivalent to a simpler condition on the score spaces themselves, and introduce coevality to obtain weaker sufficient conditions.
  • Using the coevality constraint for the formation of such close binaries, the derived source properties are used to constrain available pre-main-sequence tracks.


Example sentences
  • An exhumation event, defined as the vertical displacement of rocks with respect to the surface, may have started coevally with the emplacement of the pluton.
  • Having formed coevally, studying the inhabiting stars in these clusters can yield a great deal of information.
  • Due to the coevally collected comprehensive socio-economic list of questions, the microcensus offers analysis options on various questions.


Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin coaevus, from co- 'jointly' + Latin aevum 'age'.

Words that rhyme with coeval

evil, Khedival, medieval, primeval, retrieval, shrieval, upheaval

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