Stone Age


Definition of Stone Age

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the first known period of prehistoric human culture characterized by the use of stone tools — compare mesolithic, neolithic, paleolithic
2 : a stage in a human institution or field of endeavor regarded as primitive, outmoded, or obsolete the Stone Age of information handling before computers

Stone Age


Definition of Stone Age (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling the culture of the Stone Age especially in the use of stone implements modern Stone Age peoples our Stone Age ancestors
2 : primitive, outmoded, or unsophisticated (as in ideas or technology) by currently accepted standards marauding mercenaries with Stone Age political ideas— Robert Moss using a Stone Age camera

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Examples of Stone Age in a Sentence

Adjective Stone Age attitudes about the raising of children.

First Known Use of Stone Age


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stone Age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of Stone Age

: the oldest period in which human beings are known to have existed : the age during which stone tools were used

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