sub·​pe·​ri·​od ˈsəb-ˌpir-ē-əd How to pronounce subperiod (audio)
variants or sub-period
plural subperiods or sub-periods
: a period that is a subdivision of a longer period
… the Ice Age, more precisely, 10,000 years ago or the tail end of the Pleistocene subperiod.Robert Carr
Let's look at the subperiods of the 1980s. The first quarter of the decade had to be devoted to fighting against two-digit inflation.The Christian Science Monitor

Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subperiod was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Subperiod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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