Definition of coetaneous in English:



  • Having the same age or date of origin; contemporary.

    ‘his greatest rival and coetaneous critic’
    • ‘The discovery of the circulation of blood, which was coetaneous with baroque culture, confirmed this general law that ruled everywhere.’
    • ‘The surviving Castilian version is a coetaneous copy rather than the original.’
    • ‘Supposing either to be coetaneous with the reputed date of 1133, the room was built and fitted up before the Royal-hall of the Westminster Palace.’
    • ‘His arrival was coetaneous with the announcement of an important change in the commercial intercourse between England and India.’
    • ‘A four-decade-long study has found that the incidence of coetaneous melanoma rose by a factor of more than 6 from 1970-1979 through 2000-2009.’
    contemporaneous, concurrent, coeval, synchronous, synchronic, of the time, of the day, simultaneous
    View synonyms


Early17th century: from Latin coaetaneus contemporaneous (from aetas age) + -ous.