Definition of medieval in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛdɪˈiːv(ə)l/
(also mediaeval)


1Relating to the Middle Ages: a medieval castle
More example sentences
  • In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.
  • The authority of the early medieval Church in England was no different to that of any other landowner.
  • We are only now beginning to see how much survived of Roman and Celtic culture in the early medieval period.
of the Middle Ages, Middle Age, of the Dark Ages, Dark-Age, 11th to 14th century, 6th to 14th century, Gothic, early
1.1 informal Resembling or likened to the Middle Ages, especially in being cruel, uncivilized, or primitive: without other people around I would let my flat degenerate into medieval levels of squalor



Pronunciation: /ˌmɛdɪˈiːv(ə)lɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • The inspiration for his clothes was rooted in medievalism, Celtic romance and Renaissance court dress, mated with a theatrical love of layers of contrasting textures and patterns.
  • What could be more appropriate for a fairy tale wedding hotel than the Chateau with its old-style architecture and echoes of mediaevalism.
  • It's not a ‘media revolution’, it's a reversion to feudal medievalism.


Pronunciation: /mɛdɪˈiːvəlɪst/
Example sentences
  • In reality it is the entire democratic world, with its focus on individual liberty, which is the enemy of the medievalists.
  • They are good, the work of Cambridge scholars, all outstanding medievalists.
  • Thanks to the patient detective work of some great medievalists, we know a lot about the Domesday Book.


(also medievalise) verb
Example sentences
  • There are extensive dialogues, for which we tried, in line with our general game design philosophy, to be as close as possible to the historical reality without hindering player fun, so they are just mildly medievalized.




Early 19th century: from modern Latin medium aevum 'middle age' + -al.

  • This is based on modern Latin medium aevum ‘middle age’.

Words that rhyme with medieval

coeval, evil, Khedival, primeval, retrieval, shrieval, upheaval

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