See also: ævum
Learned borrowing from Latin aevum (“temporal mode of existence between time and eternity”). Doublet of aeviternity and aye.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːvəm/, /ˈaɪ-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈivəm/, /ˈaɪ-/
- Hyphenation: ae‧vum
- (Scholastic philosophy) The temporal mode of existence between time and eternity, said to be experienced by angels, saints, and celestial bodies (which medieval astronomy believed to be unchanging.
- Synonym: aeviternity
temporal mode of existence between time and eternity, said to be experienced by angels, saints, and celestial bodies — See also translations at aeviternity
- ^ “aevum, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2021.
Earlier aevom, aivom, from Proto-Italic *aiwom (“period, age”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- (“long time, lifetime”).
aevum n (genitive aevī); second declension
- (principally): time as a single, unified, continuous and limitless entity; infinite time, time without end; to wit: eternity, agelessness, timelessness
- Synonym: aeternitās
- (restrictedly): an undefined, particularly long period of time: an age, an era, a term, a duration
- Synonym: aetās
- (restrictedly, pertaining to a person): generation, lifetime, lifespan
- Synonym: aetās
- (Medieval Latin, philosophy) aevum, the mean between time and eternity, aeviternity
Second-declension noun (neuter).
- “aevum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “aevum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- aevum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- aevum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette