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
We are learning about the prehistory of North America.
Recent Examples of prehistory from the Web
Jon’s father is Rhaegar Targaryen, the long-dead older brother of Dany who ran off with Lyanna during the show’s prehistory.
So, nonfiction by subject and then chronologically — American prehistory, Colonial history, Civil War, etc.
Pre-colonization Aboriginal culture is thought to have lasted more than 60,000 years in Australia, from prehistory to the late 1700s when European settlers moved in, forcing a lifestyle change.
Lapidary has its roots in prehistory, as early humans began fashioning tools and weapons from stone.
Last month, Netflix canceled The Get Down, its crazily expensive rap-prehistory melodrama.
Early in the process of piecing together the story of human prehistory, many human-like fossils were found in Europe, so some supposed that Homo sapiens first arose on that continent.
Such a dramatic new date in human prehistory may seem shocking, especially to people who expect evolution to follow a tidy linear progression.
Minutes upon minutes unfold with strings and synths droning patiently: prehistory?
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PREHISTORY Defined for English Language Learners
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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