Etymology of Medieval

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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The word medieval is annoying. Because it is not lucid. What does medi + eval mean? Thinking of a replacement word.

So, let's lookup etymology. Here it is.

“pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages,” 1825 (mediaeval), coined in English from Latin medium “the middle” (from PIE root *medhyo- “middle”) + aevum “age” (from PIE root *aiw- “vital force, life; long life, eternity”).

[etymology of medieval]

so apparently, it just medi = mid, eval = age.

So, instead of saying medieval, we could simply say Middle Ages instead, or, say, year 400 to 1400.

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medieval, year 400 to 1400 [Wikipedia medieval 2020-01-23]