prehistory

noun pre·his·to·ry \ ˌprē-ˈhi-st(ə-)rē \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of prehistory

1 : the study of prehistoric humankind
2 : a history of the antecedents of an event, situation, or thing
3 : the prehistoric period of human evolution

Examples of prehistory in a Sentence

  1. We are learning about the prehistory of North America.

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First Known Use of prehistory

1871

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of prehistory for English Language Learners

  • : the period of time in the past before people could write : the time before history was written down

  • : the time and events that came before and led to the development of something


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