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3 : regarded as being outdated or outmoded prehistoric attitudes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
In the 1980s, Bedford College marine geologist Alec Smith suggested that powerful, prehistoric waterfalls dug those enormous holes, but at the time, scientists lacked the data to determine whether this idea was true.
Other activities include excavating a model of a long-ago seabed; making fossil models of prehistoric marine animals; and meeting paleontologists.
For a country still deeply troubled by political tensions, the theme of the new, five-hundred-piece exhibit is perhaps appropriate: funerary art, from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century.
The prehistoric aviary bustled with biodiversity; the creatures came in all shapes and sizes, and some even had teeth.
Artifacts abound, from vintage typewriters to clothbound style guides to industrially sized clamps that look prehistoric against the lobby's clean geometries.
A prehistoric monster stands within sight of a 20th century rocket on April 9, 1964, symbolic of the pageant of world history presented by various exhibits at the New York World's Fair.
The most whimsical was the pterodactyl, an eighteen-foot flapping replica of a prehistoric monster.
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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: very old or outdated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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