Meaning of “medieval” in the English Dictionary

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"medieval" in British English

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medievaladjective

also mediaeval uk /ˌmed.iˈiː.vəl/ us /ˌmed.iˈiː.vəl/

B2 related to the Middle Ages (= the period in European history from about AD 600 to AD 1500):

a medieval manuscript

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  • You really should go and see the lovely medieval court in the castle.
  • This tradition dates back to medieval times.
  • Miller's fascination with medieval art dates from her childhood.
  • This church is a perfect example of medieval architecture.
  • In medieval Europe, many women were accused of being witches and were burned at the stake.

(Definition of “medieval” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"medieval" in American English

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medievaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌmid·iˈi·vəl, medˈi·vəl/

of or from the Middle Ages (= the period in the past from about 500 to 1500):

The tunnels were dug in medieval times as an escape route.

(Definition of “medieval” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)