Definition of prehistoric
1 : of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history
2 : of or relating to a language in a period of its development from which contemporary records of its sounds and forms have not been preserved
3 : regarded as being outdated or outmoded prehistoric attitudes
prehistoricallyplay \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of prehistoric in a Sentence
His attitudes about women are downright prehistoric.
prehistoric notions about mental illness that have no place in today's world
Recent Examples of prehistoric from the Web
Which means our immune systems would have no idea how to fight back when those prehistoric plagues emerge from the ice.
That’s true in the sense that a prehistoric fish might have gazed at the shore and declared its species was going all-land based.
This year's theme was prehistoric creatures in a nod to Gail Borden Public Library's Dinosaur Giants exhibit.
For the uninitiated, the first Tremors film dealt with giant, prehistoric, worm-like monsters called Graboids attacking the small desert town.
Dropping 10 fathoms down, below the green waves of the Gulf and back in time to this prehistoric world amounts to a sort of time traveler’s journey.
The prehistoric site of ancient stones in Wiltshire may have been a sacred place of worship and celebration for the summer solstice for thousands of years, according to English Heritage, which manages the popular destination.
Although younger than the Cyprus cat, the discovery made Van Neer wonder whether prehistoric Egyptians could have independently domesticated the modern feline.
A new fossil whale described by paleontologist Olivier Lambert and colleagues is the latest piece of whales’ prehistoric puzzle.
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First Known Use of prehistoric
PREHISTORIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prehistoric for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or existing in the time before people could write
: very old or outdated
PREHISTORIC Defined for Kids
Definition of prehistoric for Students
: relating to or existing in the time before written history began prehistoric animals
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