pre·​mod·​ern | \ ˌprē-ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce premodern (audio) , nonstandard -ˈmä-d(ə-)rən\
variants: or pre-modern

Definition of premodern

1 : of, relating to, originating in, or being an era before a modern one premodern societies/beliefs the pre-modern world in premodern times … still living in huts and using pre-modern agricultural methods 150 years after the invention of the steam engine.— Jo Ann Skousen
2 or pre-Modern : of, relating to, characterized by, or being any of the artistic and literary practices and philosophies that preceded those of modernism — see modernism sense 3 pre-Modern architecture a pre-Modern artist/writer … following pre-modern conventions of pictorial composition, the artist combines several distinct vignettes within a single picture frame …— Benjamin Schmidt

First Known Use of premodern

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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