Definition of coeval in US English:



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

    ‘these lavas were coeval with the volcanic activity’
    • ‘The parallels between the two unconnected, coeval sites would have fascinated her.’
    • ‘The described fauna is most similar in composition to that recorded from coeval beds at Malyi Karatau, Kazakhstan.’
    • ‘All of these faunas are probably roughly coeval.’
    • ‘The terrestrial ecology of Pennsylvanian tropical wetlands is understood in detail, but coeval dryland ecosystems remain highly enigmatic.’
    • ‘Armour for the lower legs was roughly coeval with that for the torso.’
    • ‘The apparent absence of significant erosion between eruptions suggests little or no coeval deformation.’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that modern English literature was born in the second half of the 16th Century which was coeval with the Age of Elizabeth and the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Their biostratigraphic relationships with coeval assemblages from Patagonia deserve more detailed analysis in the future.’
    • ‘Such an object would be eternal (or, at least, coeval with time itself) and immutable.’
    • ‘The overall fauna is not very diverse compared with coeval faunas from central Asia documented by Holmer et al.’
    • ‘The records from coeval localities in Russia and NW China provide independent and unique evidence of deteriorating atmospheric conditions at the close of the Permian.’
    • ‘The footnote as we know it is coeval with the modern principles of book design that emerged with the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘Stratigraphically, the former precedes the latter, but chronologically they are supposed to be partly coeval!’
    • ‘Charles Hudson of Massachusetts observed that Adams' public service was coeval with the establishment of the government.’
    • ‘As far as I can tell, the concept of the hormone-crazed teenager is coeval with suburbia.’
    • ‘Of critical importance to our argument is that the assemblages from the Chinese and Russian localities are coeval.’
    • ‘That voice beckons you in with glimpses of a world where pleasure and pain are coeval and complementary, where love and loss walk hand in hand.’
    • ‘This is why I say that the moral achievement of extending concern to others needn't antedate compassion, but can be coeval with it.’
    • ‘A similar, coeval flux of Pelagonian material has been recognized in the Mesohellenic molasse basin of northern Greece.’
    • ‘The age of incision of the Wonoka canyons and coeval canyons in the Officer Basin is known only within broad limits.’
    contemporaneous, concurrent, coeval, synchronous, synchronic, of the time, of the day, simultaneous
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  • A person of roughly the same age as oneself; a contemporary.

    ‘like so many of his coevals, he yearned for stability’
    • ‘I wondered if she included her coevals' favorite in her list of safe locales, despite its history.’
    • ‘We are drawn to our robotic coevals by the ‘similarity-attraction principle,’ a consistent pattern in social psychology.’
    • ‘The paradox of the season is also embodied in tragic romances like the one based on a play written by Tan Xianzu, a coeval of Shakespeare.’
    • ‘Dickens and his coevals shared an uncompromising belief in the reclamation of a golden age and the amelioration of society and the individual.’
    • ‘I can't tell you more about this fragile play, except that Vada and her coevals Enid and Marybell like to play canasta and gossip in a tree house.’
    • ‘Nevertheless these pages give a sense of the sheer intellectual freedom that Macdonald and his coevals enjoyed.’
    • ‘The orchestra, founded in 1912, and Symphony 3 (1913-15, premiered 1917) are roughly coevals.’
    • ‘We need to thank our stars that we are coevals of such starry-eyed idealists who are prepared to stake their lives on something that is not their immediate concern.’
    • ‘He highlights recent compositions more than most of his 60's coevals, but these, too, are delivered as highly stylized, singsongy chants.’
    peer, equal, contemporary, brother
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Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin coaevus, from co- ‘jointly’ + Latin aevum ‘age’.