pro·​to·​his·​to·​ry ˌprō-tō-ˈhi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce protohistory (audio)
: the study of human beings in the times that immediately antedate recorded history
protohistorian noun
protohistoric adjective

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First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of protohistory was in 1903

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“Protohistory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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