Definition of medieval in English:

medieval

Syllabification: me·di·e·val
Pronunciation: /ˌmed(ē)ˈēvəl
 
, ˌmēd(ē)ˈēvəl
 
/
(also mediaeval)

adjective

1Of or relating 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.
Synonyms
of the Middle Ages, of the Dark Ages, Dark-Age; Gothic
1.1 informal derogatory Very old-fashioned or primitive: the guerrillas' medieval behavior has become an embarrassment to their supporters

Origin

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

Derivatives

medievalism

Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
More 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.

medievalist

noun
More 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.

medievalize

verb
More 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.

medievally

adverb

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