Meaning of “the Middle Ages” in the English Dictionary

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"the Middle Ages" in English

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the Middle Agesnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈmɪd.əl ˌeɪ.dʒɪz/ us /ˈmɪd.əl ˌeɪ.dʒɪz/

Examples from literature

  • By the Middle Ages, around the 5th century, the sport of boxing had almost disappeared. 
  • Despite the dangers, pale skin continued to be popular throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. 
  • From the Middle Ages until the 20th century, wooden hoops were used in games in many countries. 
  • In ancient Greece, turtles were considered to come from hell. 
  • It is no surprise that the people of the Middle Ages were terrified of the trebuchet! 

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

"Middle Ages" in American English

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Middle Agesplural noun

us /ˈmɪd·əl ˈeɪ·dʒɪz/

world history the period in European history, approximately between the years 500 and 1400, when the power of kings, people of high rank, and the Christian church was strong

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