precolonial

adjective

pre·​co·​lo·​nial ˌprē-kə-ˈlō-nē-əl How to pronounce precolonial (audio)
-nyəl
variants or pre-colonial
: existing or occurring before an area undergoes colonization
precolonial America
precolonial cultures

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precolonial was in 1859

Dictionary Entries Near precolonial

Cite this Entry

“Precolonial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precolonial. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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