prehistoric

adjective pre·his·tor·ic \ ˌprē-(h)i-ˈstȯr-ik , -ˈstär- \
variants: or less commonly prehistorical play \ˌprē-(h)i-ˈstȯr-i-kəl, -ˈstär-\
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

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3 : regarded as being outdated or outmoded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

prehistorically

play \ˌprē-(h)i-ˈstȯr-i-k(ə-)lē, -ˈstär-\ adverb

Examples of prehistoric in a Sentence

  1. His attitudes about women are downright prehistoric.

  2. prehistoric notions about mental illness that have no place in today's world

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First Known Use of prehistoric

1832

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PREHISTORIC Defined for English Language Learners

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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  • : very old or outdated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

prehistoric

adjective pre·his·tor·ic \ ˌprē-hi-ˈstȯr-ik \

Definition of prehistoric for Students

: relating to or existing in the time before written history began
  • prehistoric animals


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