protohistory

noun
pro·​to·​his·​to·​ry | \ ˌprō-tō-ˈhi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce protohistory (audio) \

Definition of protohistory

: the study of human beings in the times that immediately antedate recorded history

Other Words from protohistory

protohistorian \ ˌprō-​tō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce protohistory (audio) \ noun
protohistoric \ ˌprō-​tō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​ik How to pronounce protohistory (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of protohistory

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Protohistory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protohistory. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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