Meaning of Middle Ages

Mid'dle Ag'es

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  1. the time in European history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance (from about 500a.d. to about 1350): sometimes restricted to the later part of this period (after 1100) and sometimes extended to 1450 or 1500.
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