Adjective "medieval" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˌmɛdˈiːv(ə)l//ˌmɛdɪˈiːv(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to the Middle Ages.
  1. 'In the medieval period, the road was realigned slightly to become modern Fenchurch Street.'
  2. 'Later, largely as a reaction to the cruel excesses of mediaeval witchhunts, when victims were burnt at the stake, the Vatican introduced a formalised exorcism ritual in 1614.'
  3. 'Many of the churches and cathedrals that survive from medieval times have also had additions to them.'
  4. 'The authority of the early medieval Church in England was no different to that of any other landowner.'
  5. 'One story told in medieval times was that an arrow fired from a long bow could penetrate four inches into oak.'
  6. 'The medieval pottery and iron tools speak more of hard work and modest prosperity than of exotic trade links.'
  7. 'The inferno could be seen for 40 miles, and the medieval city centre was destroyed.'
  8. 'The top of the hill was occupied in medieval times, presumably because of its defensive potential.'
  9. 'The wall and the Roman streets influenced the layout of medieval Colchester.'
  10. 'In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.'
  11. 'without other people around I would let my flat degenerate into medieval levels of squalor'

Definitions

1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture. Compare Middle Ages.

2. Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.

More examples(as adjective)

"furnishings can be medieval in flavours."

"nostris can be medieval of people."

"nostris can be medieval in techniques."

"times can be medieval."

"periods can be medieval."

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Origin

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