pre·​his·​to·​ri·​an ˌprē-(h)i-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce prehistorian (audio)
: an archaeologist who specializes in prehistory

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Grotte du Renne was excavated between 1949 and 1963 by the late French prehistorian André Leroi-Gourhan, who found 15 levels of hominid occupation ranging from about 45,000 to 28,000 years ago. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2010 As an amateur prehistorian then my interest in populations such as the Mbuti, Bushmen, and Andaman Islanders has been piqued. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2011 One French prehistorian has a theory that painting the handprints was a form of sacred ritual, according to the report. Fox News, 5 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prehistorian was in 1893

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“Prehistorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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