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English definition of “medieval”


adjective uk (also mediaeval)   /ˌmed.iˈiː.vəl/ us  
B2 related to the Middle Ages (= the period in European history from about AD 600 to AD 1500): a medieval building/painting/town a medieval manuscriptMiddle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500
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