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3 : regarded as being outdated or outmoded prehistoric attitudes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
Trump’s presidency, like the lives of prehistoric men, could be nasty, brutish, but also short.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven features prehistoric skeletons from the museum's world-renowned paleontology collection and a Discovery Room, where visitors can touch a 100-million-year-old fossil and walk on dinosaur tracks.
This is a rite of passage — quite literally — required to see the fascinating prehistoric images at La Trinidad, named for the three-peaked mountain above the canyon.
Rumors of prehistoric activity in the area had swirled among experts, who referenced an archaeological dig that reportedly took place during the 1960s and '70s.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the Earth,
Discovering her own faint and distant connection to Neanderthals gave Ms. Cameron the confidence to write the novel, despite her worries that her prehistoric protagonist would come across as outlandishly campy.
Hatred is part of what has bound us to our prehistoric ancestors.
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.
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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: very old or outdated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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