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
This is true for the students of prehistory as much as ecologists.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prehistory'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of prehistory
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
Learn More about prehistory
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up prehistory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).