- The definition of medieval is relating to the Middle Ages.
An example of medieval is the style of a Gothic castle.
Bodiam is a medieval castle.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: from Classical Latin medius, middle (see mid) plush aevum, age plush -al
- medievally adverb
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also me·di·ae·valadjective also Medieval
- Relating or belonging to the Middle Ages.
- Informal Old-fashioned; unenlightened: parents with a medieval attitude toward dating.
Origin: From New Latin medium aevum, the middle age : Latin, neuter of medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots + Latin aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- meˌdi·eˈval·ly adverb
medieval - Cultural Definition
A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.
- “Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs. It may suggest inhuman practices, such as torture of prisoners. (See Inquisition.)