Definition of medieval in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmed(ē)ˈēvəl/
Pronunciation: /ˌmēd(ē)ˈēvəl/
(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, of the Dark Ages, Dark-Age;
1.1 informal, derogatory Very old-fashioned or primitive: the guerrillas' medieval behavior has become an embarrassment to their supporters
primitive, antiquated, archaic, antique, antediluvian, old-fashioned, out of date, outdated, outmoded, anachronistic, passé, obsolete
informal horse-and-buggy



Pronunciation: /ˌmed(ē)ˈēvəˌlizəm/
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: /ˌmed(ē)ˈēvələst/
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.


Pronunciation: /-ˌīz/
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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Syllabification: me·di·e·val

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